Early Preschool Daycare (2-3 years)
Hands on experiences are very important to a 3 year old child. At this milestone language and communication is very important. Nu Building Blocks curriculum for 2-3 year olds focuses on the development in 5 major areas:
- Language and literacy, a child develops: listening skills, recognizes that print is talk on paper, acquires verbal comprehension and association skills, interprets pictures, develops the ability to recall stories and experiences and learns about other cultures and broadens concepts and experience about life.
- Literature plays a major role in a 3 year olds life. Literature is important through books. A child learns to listen to stories, increases attention span, develops the concept of print and the written word, begins to take responsibility for the care of books and enjoys quiet moments alone with is thoughts.
- Social studies is important because through social studies activities, a child identifies his/her family members and the multiple relationships within the family, they learn about other people who live in the world with them, explores his/her neighborhood and community and the resources within them, develops a possible self-concept and an acceptance of others and participates in field trips within her neighborhood and wider community to learn about people, places, occupations, and resources
- Math is also important during this state. Math activities relates life experiences to math, develops number concepts, learns one-to-one correspondence, sorts classifies objects by size, shape, color and texture and children learn how to interpreet the calendar and the clock.
- Music and movement is very exciting for children at this age. Through music and movement activities a child becomes sensitive to beauty and harmony, validates creativity, individually and self-expression, practices listening skills, has an opportunity to release energy and express emotions and expresses herself freely through creative movement, playing musical instruments and singing.
- Puppets captures and molds all of what the children have learned from language, literature, math, social studies and music together. Through puppets, a child builds self esteem, learn new ways to express feelings, uses creative thinking and imagination, and reveals thoughts and attitudes through conversation.