Children need lots of opportunities for physical activity, both for good health and skill building. The large exercise room provides the space and equipment for children to engage in indoor gross motor activities. Children develop their balance, muscle coordination and spatial awareness as they move over, under and around the equipment. Development of gross motor skills is the beginning of all other skills, including reading, math and language skills.
Julie has been teaching music to pre-schoolers since 1994. She plays guitar and uses songs, books, puppets, finger plays and role play to engage, entertain and teach. Julie has a B.S. degree from the University of Maine in Child Development. She strives to create a fun, playful atmosphere for music time, and provides a number of layers of learning that are enhanced by music. Throughout our lives music gives us a way to participate in group activities or amuse ourselves in happy solitude. The traditional and new songs, nursery rhymes and games she shares with the children are the literary foundation of our common cultural heritage. They help us feel connected, learn language and rhythm. When we sing modern songs from favorite TV shows or movies we create memories of what it means to be part of a generation. Music is also a great way to learn other languages. She gives the children the opportunity to sing some songs to the children in French and Spanish.
There is time scheduled every week for classes to visit the imagination station. The Imagination Station offers the choice of many different activities. Children may choose to play with the dollhouse and tabletop train set, as well as other exciting activities such as block building, acting out a story with the puppet theatre, or playing in the pretend market. A large chalkboard is also available for children to practice their writing. Imagination station activities are periodically changed to keep the area new and exciting.
Our playground offers swings, slides, tunnels, bridges, and a corkscrew. Items are also added surrounded the playground area to make the space more engaging for children.
The nature based playground offers children a chance to connect with the natural world, and provides endless opportunities for creativity and imagination. This area offer a group meeting area, large digging area, a play boat, an outdoor block building area, a footbridge, leveled stumps for climbing, a natural balance beam, a rock path. An outdoor music wall and a water wall will be added soon.
The large wooded area offers children the opportunity to explore and learn within their natural environment. Activities in this area may include but are not limited to:
Jumping in leaves
Climb small trees
Touching tree trunks
Nature material collection
Using magnifying glasses to find bugs
Lifting rocks to inspect what’s underneath