Tall Spire's Center-Based Approach
Each day, Tall Spire holds "Center Time", which is an exploration time where children have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities in their chosen "Center". Activities within the five "Centers" reflect the developmental skills essential for a well-rounded preschool experience.
Exploration with a variety of age-appropriate materials and media to create two and three dimensional artwork. Explore and experiment with wet and dry media in a variety of colors. Explore the use of texture, use basic shapes and forms of different sizes to create artwork. Create artwork from memory or imagination. All of the focus will be on the process not the product.
Music and Movement
Sing songs with rhythmic patterns and repetitive phrases-explore activities related to balance, strength, flexibility and dance. Instrument exploration; learning beats, tempo and sounds. Discovering movement and space through parachute play.
Lab ( Science )
Learning skills and processes of inquiry and exploration through investigation of all the sciences; Earth/Space, Physical, and Life Sciences. These explorations may include: the study of the environment, our senses, shadows, weather, simple tools, investigating plants, insects and animal habitats. A variety of water table activities will be offered to discover sink/float and measurement.
Game Room ( Math and Computer )
Activities/learning games focusing on pre- math skills; numbers, patterns, shapes, classifying and sorting. Computer exploration; problem solving, taking turns, directional/positional words, communication and language skills.
Imaginative play with props, costumes, blocks, toys, etc. to act out, pretend and reenact familiar stories and real life situations. Create scenarios, props, and settings for dramatizations and dramatic play. Listen to stories, talk about characters and use puppets to retell stories.