Preschoolers are very active, observant, and they learn through play. The children normally problem solve on their own.
AMTCDC provides a variety of materials that are easily accessible for the children tohelp develop and refine mathematical skills. Through interaction in defined centers, thechildren learn acquisition of language and communication.
Our teachers promote critical thinking and analysis by asking open-ended questions. Different types of counting activities introduce the context of daily experiences and routines. Complete learning experiences include outdoor and indoor environments. A variety of manipulatives that can be counted, sorted, and ordered are provided for learning in centers. Some activities are teacher directed and enhance large and small motor skills. Teachers will model problem-solving strategies to assist with skill acquisition.
AMTCDC promotes children’s creative development and self-expression by providinginteresting materials and experiences that encourage children to explore and interactwith a variety of materials in various ways.
Creative Arts allows children to demonstrate an appreciation for different forms ofartistic expression. We use media and activities that encourage our little ones to usetheir imagination and express their ideas. We invite authors, artists, musicians, andstorytellers from different cultural backgrounds. Children can observe firsthand thecreative works from a variety of people, places, and things.
Children are given the opportunities to respond through expressive movement experiences. Provocations are set out for children that facilitate the re-creation of memories and experiences that children can share. Teachers have conversations about the art forms, show pictures, and ask questions to spark curiosity, while assessing what children know and would like to learn.
AMTCDC collaboratively works with families to understand cultures and languages. Children develop language through reciprocal relationships which are formulated with families and teachers. Teachers make a strong effort to learn and speak the languages that represent the children in their care. They research words and greetings.They learn to speak the cultural languages, words for favorite people, things, and words or phrases for common events and routines.
Language is one of the most critical components needed for children to communicate. Our goals for each child (birth to 60+months) are to teach (literacy) comprehension of spoken language, following direction, communicating ideas, speak in sentences, hear small units of sound, identify rhyme and alliteration. We try to encourage children to have an appreciation for reading. We offer books, felt story boards, puppets, play theatre, puzzles, our library and listening center.
AMTCDC recognizes that children with disabilities may need extra support when they are communicating with others. Therapy and listening devices may be provided to help them hear and that enhances their learning. The use of sounds and words in the classroom and the language acquisition, helps the children communicate more proficiently.
We label centers and toys, throughout the classrooms, we use the language that represents our children ethnicity. We teach and use new words daily, in a variety of contexts, to expand their vocabulary. The teachers impart information by teaching lessons, such as, the “Word of the Day”. We use visual cues such as props, demonstrations, and gestures to help children understand instructions and routines. We ask open-ended questions to prompt and encourage conversations that stimulate children’s cognition and creativity.
We design a comfortable and inviting space in our cozy corner for children to read. AMTCDC uses strategies for promoting phonological awareness, print, and alphabet knowledge within daily conversation, activities, and routines. We model the use of reading and writing in everyday activities. Children are encouraged to retell experiences and events. We encourage children to tell stories about experiences that are important to them through tactical and audio, pictures, and dictation. Adaptive materials are provided, if needed to assist the children.
AMTCDC science themes consist of health and physical development, scientific exploration, construction/building, thinking and reasoning. These areas cover processes and skills such as making observations, comparing and classifying objects, problem solving, and making predictions to support learning. Health and physical development focus on physical growth and motor skills that promote physical fitness. Sound nutritional choices and self-care include health and safety practices. Children also learn about healthy eating habits.
Infants and toddlers are given a variety of sensory experiences. These experiences include exploring and learning through their sense of smell, hearing, touch, and movement. Materials are ready and available in our centers for all children birth through 36 months. Teachers provide routines, real-life situations and learning opportunities that help infants and toddlers acquire knowledge of new concepts.
AMTCDC believes in inclusion for ALL children. Inclement weather is also used as an experience and opportunity to learn about the world around them. The children can go outside and play during this time, if the conditions of weather are not severe.
Older children are given experiences to enhance their motor development by spending moderate periods of time playing vigorously indoors and outdoors. We offer simple and structured games and activities that promote physical fitness, build strength, speed, flexibility, and coordination. Children transition from active to quiet activities with prompted guidance and support. Environments include materials and equipment that can be used by children with varying physical abilities.
Children will be exposed to the scientific methods of inquiry. They will be able to observe, ask questions, predict and experiment. They will have the freedom to come up with their own solutions to problems. Our science center is child and teacher directed. Activities include materials that are simple and complex for exploration.
The activities focus for social studies helps children to understand diversity, history, geography, and ecology. Children are taught to understand the importance of community roles and to make efficient and thoughtful decisions regarding their Community.
AMTCDC recognizes the importance of religious observances. We teach and explain the significance of holidays/celebrations, birthdays, the first day of school, among other important social topics. Lesson plans include activities that will teach and allow children to discuss, learn, acknowledge, and appreciate the physical heritage of America. To promote cultural awareness, attributes of families are included in daily experiences. The children learn about genealogical and demographical structures, foods, religion and folklore.
Technology and screen time play an intricate part in the way our children learn today.We utilize radio, tablets, and CD’s to enhance every part of our curriculum in all areas.According to state law, children are given 2 ½ hours per week for self -directed orteacher directed activities relating to technology.