Do you ever wonder why we put so much emphasis in the preschool years on teaching numbers, shape, colour and pattern? Why is this so important for young children?
This term at Chrysalis we will be taking the children on a world-wide adventure exploring some of the different continents and countries on our planet.
So why is it important to teach children about Space?
Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. –
Mem Fox, Reading Magic
Providing growing and gardening opportunities for young children enables them to connect with the living environment, something that not all children have access to often enough.
Why do young children enjoy a traditional story so much?
Learning about ourselves is a fundamental part of childhood development, especially as children start to ask questions about who they are and how they are the same, or different, from others. Naming different body parts, recognising similarities and differences between human beings, and the importance of exercise and healthy eating all form important aspects of our ‘All about Me’ project.
Last term the children took great delight in learning about colours in our ‘Colours and Shapes’ project. There are so many great activities that support this area of learning that we found time was running out, and before we knew it, Christmas was upon us! Although we started to touch on the ‘shapes’ element of the project with the children, there is really so much to explore.
So, for this term we will be really focussing on the shapes that make up our world, and how these shapes can be joined together to form spaces and structures.