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What's in a Day?
May 28, 2017
The Importance of Routines and Transitions
Children thrive in an environment where there are routines. It reduces their anxiety by helping them anticipate what comes next and having the freedom to immerse themselves in the current activity. In addition, it helps them follow directions during transitions between activities. Our daily routine has a flow to help children move between individual vs. group activities and between types of tasks. For example, moving from gross motor to fine motor play. It's also important to follow the flow of the children. For instance, if the children are very interested in the yoga practice, then we may spend more there before moving on. Alternately, if the children are very wiggly and need to move their bodies more, we may shorten the circle time or incorporate more movement play during it.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills
Whether or not parents agree with the style of our national education system, it's a fact of life that children are expected to have mastered certain skills before entering kindergarten. Parents may ask: What exactly should my child know before Kindergarten? Wee Humans has summarized the key components of kindergarten readiness on our Daily Routine chart. Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), Wee Humans uses hands-on, child-centered learning to help children master kindergarten readiness skills. Even more important to note is that children don't need to have mastered the alphabet or writing or statistics (!) to be ready for kindergarten. Wee Humans' approach to kindergarten readiness emphasizes preparing the whole child for the physical, emotional, and intellectual expectations of schooling.
Children are more than robots! Succeeding in school should not be the only focus of a high-quality preschool program. Wee Humans wants children to succeed in life. Childhood is a precious time of life where little ones are learning about all things that make us human such as trust, independence, caring, boundaries, communication, risks, friendships, consequences, stewardships, and love. Wee Humans utilizes children's natural curiosity and care to build positive character traits and instill important values.
For a downloadable version of our Daily Routine chart click here.