Hop, Skip and Grip - Motor Skills: Our physical space us designed to promote skills related to coordination, climbing, muscle strength development and balance.
Curious Happenings and New Discoveries - Logic and Thinking: Self-expression, creativity, investigations, and experimentations are all ways that children develop the ability to think logically, make predictions, and to think deeply about the way that things work in the world. Adults will always allow time for children to ponder, will use phrases like "what will happen if..." or "what do you think...," and will use open-ended questions whenever appropriate.
Express Yourself - Language and Communication Development: To support language development in young children our programs will provide ample opportunities for expression. Children will be encouraged to talk, draw, write, will be read to and will be encouraged to "read" on their own.
Sharing, Caring, Friendships - Social Skill Development: Our goals include supporting children to develop a strong positive self-concept, appropriate self-control, and awareness of how to develop positive interactions with others. Opportunities to notice differences and similarities among people, identifying sled; according to gender, ethnicity, ability and family membership, pride and a sense of responsibility to others in the community are a regular part of a RNCC day.
Music, Drama, Art - Creative Expression: Children express themselves in many ways. By offering children the opportunity to experiment with sounds, colors, music, movement and various mediums we provide children with ways to develop their own learning style. We strive to allow children the freedom to explore and manipulate materials, to allow their imaginations to create and to remain creative throughout life.
Colors, counting, pegs!
Math: Activities that promote math skills including sorting, counting, shape identification, and grouping are a part of the curriculum for all age groups. Math-related activities are incorporated into activities throughout the day including snack times, art projects, cooking activities and outside play.
Exploring Apples with Paint
Science: Our science activities build on the fact that children of all ages are natural investigators. Opportunities exist for children to look at things, make observations and form new ideas. Our role is to have tools available, access to sand, water, rice and other sensory materials, activities based on the children, their bodies, life cycles of plants, animals and celebration of the seasons.
Community - Social Studies: Our curriculum is based on the children, their families, and the Burlington area community. We provide opportunities for children to explore their surroundings by taking field trips and walks in the neighborhood, inviting community members into the classrooms, and through dramatic play areas in the classrooms which represent restaurants, grocery stores, trash and recycling areas, etc. Our goal is to provide an environment which supports children's development of their place in the world, their relationships with other people and the environment and pride in themselves, their family and community.
Declaration of Independence - Self-help skills: Our classrooms are set up with optimum opportunities for children to develop independence. Toys are accessible and within reach, sinks are at child height or have stairs to allow access. Platforms, climbing structures and stairs are built to offer safe opportunities for climbing. Children are encouraged to participate in clean-up times, to put their lunches away and are allowed to move on their own form one area to another.