The Sun Room
4 & 5 Years
In our Sun Room 4 and 5 year olds are truly ready to be challenged in this Pre-Kindergarten. Every effort is made to fully understand the abilities of each child.
Developmentally appropriate activities that facilitate skills in reading and writing readiness, math and problem solving are provided. Sun Room children are becoming increasingly more adept at cooperative play. The Sun Room offers wonderful opportunities for meaningful social experiences. Friendships deepen and become more significant.
The Sun Room Readiness & Language Arts Language Arts Objectives:
- To plant the seed and nurture growth of the love of reading
- To encourage and expand the use of language
- To offer both the whole language and phonetic approach to reading
- To develop specific skills as they pertain to the developmental readiness of each child
- To educate in a way that allows the social, emotional, and academic growth of a child in a positive and fun learning environment.
Children have a natural love of shape, color, pattern and texture. All children enjoy the creative manipulation of materials. When children are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of media under the guidance of an effective teacher they can benefit from increased self esteem and joy of self expression as well as a wide variety of other cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills.
Art activities include drawing, painting, clay, play dough, exploration with sand, water and other textures, collage (both individually and in a group) print making, and sculpture.
Children are gradually exposed to increasingly more challenging skills and experiences involving pleasurable sensorial activities. Teachers extend the children's natural abilities by acknowledging their efforts in a supportive, non- judgmental way and with descriptive remarks, i.e., "You used so many different lines and colors in your design", rather than "What is that?"
Our Lower School Creative Movement Program is rooted in the belief that learning through the arts not only educates students by elevates them to a deeper awareness of themselves and of the world around them. Children work together during each stage class dancing, pretending, singing, sharing, and learning the value of teamwork!
Lower School Stage classes are formatted to help students explore the basic four elements of dance. Whenever a person moves, the body uses space, force, and time. The children enjoy participating in the different lessons designed to help them discover the exciting possibilities inherent in the combination of these elements.
Each week the stages become an indoor playground for your child's imagination as they dramatize, pretend, and 'become' everything from shy sea creatures silently watching the sunlight glitter on the waves as they glide gracefully through water, to determined ducklings braving navigating their way out from inside their shells, eager to see the world for the first time! We dance through the seasons, paint our favorite colors on the surface of the moon, help frowning frogs find friends, and even drive our cars (with caution of course!) to some delightfully dear destinations.
The Mat Room
The early childhood years are a critical time for the development of physical skills. At Sundance our developmentally appropriate Mat Room program is designed to help children build a foundation of basic gross motor skills (throwing, catching, kicking, balancing, skipping, galloping, etc.). These skills are invaluable lifetime tools that children need and use to successfully participate in regular physical activity. Our main goal is to help children strengthen the sense of what they can do and to challenge them to do even more!
The primary goal of early music education is to develop the ability to perform, to create, to listen to music with understanding and most of all develop a passion for music. At Sundance our students will develop the ability to sing on tune and tap out and recognize the beat or rhythm to a song. Similar to learning a language, musical ability develops during the first five years of a child’s life.
- To overcome inhibition when speaking another language
- To be eager to participate in class
- To further develop listening and understanding skills
- The children learn to speak and interact by singing traditional Spanish songs
- To become aware of other cultures and traditions