BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Exercise for the body and the mind! Our Center houses a Multi-Purpose room that can be used by all of our classrooms for gross motor development on a much grander scale than can be done in the classrooms. Our Multi-Purpose room is great for those rainy days when the kids can’t get outside. Because our Multi-Purpose room has rubberized flooring and floor drains, indoor water play can be enjoyed throughout the year!
Our Multi-Purpose room is also equipped with a Karaoke machine and sound system for music related activities.
Music is a very important part of our curriculum in the classroom, during visits to the theatre and in our Multi-Purpose room.
Music trains the brain for learning. In addition to being a fun activity, music has been proven to play an incredibly important role in brain development. Music stimulates every area of the developing brain and developing child.
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Young children enjoy music and movement activities and often use them to express their feelings and emotions. Actively participating in movement and music helps children release energy and frustrations.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Dancing and singing together forms bonds and relationships. Young children playing musical instruments, playing musical games or dancing together in a group, teaches them to take turns, be thoughtful of their peers and to be cooperative.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Dancing and musical movement requires the use of large muscles. Spinning, hopping, swaying, and marching all require large muscle control. What better way to develop coordination?
Add instruments to the mix and those small muscles get a workout. It takes hand-eye coordination to get those instruments to work. The children only know that they are having fun, but the added bonus is that their small muscles are in training for future endeavors such as buttoning their clothes, tying their shoes and reading and writing.
LANGUAGE ARTS Music and movement are probably two of the most powerful training tools for future academic success! Musical games teach the children to follow directions and increase their attention span.
AUDITORY MEMORY As children learn the words to songs, they are developing their auditory memory skills. These skills will be essential for spelling in their academic years.
SOCIAL SCIENCE Multicultural awareness and acceptance of other ethnic groups is reinforced when the children dance and sing to music from other cultures.
Children’s Bakery & Outdoor Garden
A very important part of our program is baking and cooking from scratch. Our children are constantly creating in their very own Bakery. Many times they are preparing foods that they have grown and cultivated in their gardens which are located to the west of our building. As you read the following, you will see that a multitude of concepts and skills are learned through baking and cooking.
AN AWARENESS OF NUTRITION Children will learn to recognize the beneficial effects of eating wholesome foods and the vital role it plays in one’s life.
EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT From birth, food is a symbol of love and security. Food is an excellent vehicle for communication. Food preparation can give a child the feeling that his/her efforts count.
The success in creating something good to eat improves a child’s self-image and self-confidence. Learning the skills necessary for cooking helps the children develop a sense of independence.
Through food, the children can discover that in some ways people are alike and in some ways people are different. People enjoy different foods; i.e. Joey liked the coconut as soon as he tasted it; Mary didn’t like the coconut.
LANGUAGE SKILLS There are many opportunities for children to learn new concepts as they prepare and eat food. When our teachers work with the children in our Bakery, they will be using such concept words as: pour milk, squeeze oranges, melt butter, dissolve powdered milk, freeze ice cream, beat eggs, knead dough, peel an apple, notice the bitter taste, etc.
MATHEMATICS Preparing and serving food calls for the development of a sense of quantity and measurement. Money, recipe measurements and timing, the dividing of portions, and the setting of the table all involve mathematics.
SCIENCE Early childhood is a good time to begin the study of the origin of food and growing things. How does a plant grow? What does a plant need to grow? Where does it grow? When does it grow? What is an egg? How does it hatch? How does food make us grow and develop? What effect does food have on how we feel, look and behave; i.e. when we are hungry, we get restless and irritated.
The preparation of food also teaches us the value of making mistakes. If our results are not as the recipe described, we must solve the problem of why.
ART Food can awaken the artist or the creative genius in everyone. Consider the satisfaction of making a loaf of bread. Colors and shapes may be learned through preparing food. Apples are red or green or yellow. Pumpkins are orange and spinach is green. Grapefruit are spheres and are made up of sections. A carrot slice is the shape of a circle and milk cartons are rectangles. The colors, textures and shapes of food inspire creative expression.
SOCIAL SCIENCE Through experiences with food, the children can become aware and appreciate the role of the family. Children can discover much about their own families and ethnic background through food. Children enjoy hearing about and learning about different countries. The difference in climate, soil and culture could be made to come alive through stories, pictures and projects. Geography and transportation are major factors in determining the availability of foods.
SAFETY The proper use of tools and ingredients for food preparation can be used to teach the principles of sanitation and safety.
COURTESY Children will be guided to observe certain behavior while eating. Eating in a healthy manner by sitting straight in order to digest food, serving others before oneself, and taking a fair share of the food develops in the child a sense of respect for himself and others. It also makes mealtimes a more pleasant experience for everyone. He or she can come to understand that working together, sharing the tools and dividing the work benefits all.
COMPUTERS Our Computer Lab is equipped with Apple computers designed for exclusive use by the children. Through the use of these computers, our teachers are able to take full advantage of the multi-skill level software programs available to children.
LISTENING CENTER Additionally, our Computer Lab also has an audio/visual Listening Center with the capacity for eight children to listen, at one time, to audio books and read along with the audio.
EARLY LITERACY Rainbow has invested in the LeapFrog SchoolHouse Early Literacy Program. This program brings books to life with touch, sight and sound interactive technology. The program helps students learn letter names and sounds, practice decoding words and build reading fluency. The program extends from preschool level to school-age level.
MATH AND SCIENCE The LeapFrog SchoolHouse Workstations are adaptable to teaching reading and writing, math and science readiness skills.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Some of the additional programs which instill character development that are part of our Computer Lab are:
Lessons for Life: A Character Development Series that teaches life’s important lessons in areas such as caring and fairness, trustworthiness, respect for others and responsibility.
All Around Me Storybook Series:
This series covers nine universal themes such as: About Me, Home, School, Nature, Neighborhood, Travel, Food and Helping Others.
Performing Arts Theatre
The focal point of our town setting, located in the center of our facility, is the PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE. The theatre is used for a number of learning experiences.
OUR THEATRE IS EQUIPPED WITH A STAGE FOR PLAY PRODUCTIONS AND A PUPPET SHOW AREA.
Dramatic play encourages children to think creatively and develop their imaginations. It teaches them to think alone. It helps them to develop self-esteem. They learn about social cooperation and group interaction. Children learn how to perform together and release their emotions.
Dramatic play activities increase children’s vocabulary and encourage oral expression. Through dramatic play, children develop an understanding of how different roles are an integral part in making a family or community work.
THE CAPABILITY TO VIEW EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT MOVIES
The Performing Arts Theatre also houses a 4 foot x 8 foot projection screen for educational and entertainment viewing. The projection screen can also be used to show commercials and skits produced and directed by the children.
Directly outside the theatre is a café setting with child size wrought iron café tables and chairs. In the café, the children often eat their snacks or lunches that they made in the Bakery or picked from their garden.