A Day in the Life of an Explorer! Come explore the school year with Ms. Reid and her Pre-K class! SOPNS has been blessed to have her here for 16 years. She is a wonderful teacher that inspires the love of learning in her students. The days are filled with singing, reading, art, math, science, social studies and play. Here are examples of what they are busy exploring: Music: Singing is an important part of school! We sing about so many things, including food, love and silly songs too! Phonics: Our phonics workbooks are an integral part of our learning experience. This includes initial consonant sounds, vowels, plurals, rhyming and sight words. We also include games such as alphabet bingo, fishing for letters, words and names. All of these help us to learn pre-reading basics. Mathematics: Math includes, counting to 20 and counting by 10’s. Reviewing geometric shapes, and following a pattern. We work on addition and subtraction, facts to 5, time and money. Social Studies/Geography: We learn facts about our beautiful country (after all, our circle time takes place sitting on our map of the U.S carpet) We learn about our state, our flag and patriotic songs including our National Anthem. Art: The joys of art include easel painting, finger painting, collage, clay, water colors, decoupage, and anything else the children create. Science: Our science program includes art, science experiments, cooking projects and a Science Fair in May. Reading: We love to read! We have a beautiful, classroom library of books. We also are learning about the author, illustrator and tracking left to right. We work on Diorama’s in November. But one of our
favorites is when someone is our Guest Story Reader of the day. Please consider signing up for this. We love when our family reads to us! Skills: Using scissors, glue and rulers are so important for fine motor skills and pre-reading skills. Play: Play is so important in early childhood. This is the main way that they learn. With dramatic play they are busy in our housekeeping corner where they can dress up, play with the pretend food, store, babies or large dollhouse. We have a puppet theatre where they can put on a puppet show with a variety of puppets, including the ones that they made. We also have many manipulative play opportunities which include puzzles, blocks, nuts and bolts, cubes and pattern boards and play doh. Rest Time: As you can see, we are quite busy exploring our school days. We like to make sure children have adequate rest time, which is very important to their development. We have comfy mats with fitted sheets and a blanket. They can bring a small stuffed friend to snuggle with. They lie down for a brief rest time. Some of them fall asleep and some don’t. After a few minutes, the children who are awake are able to participate in quiet activities such as art, writing, puzzles or manipulatives. So this is our day in a nutshell in the Explorer classroom. We would love for you to come by and visit us to see if you would like to be an Explorer too!