Benchmark: Children develop a basic awareness of self as an individual.
Benchmark: Children will demonstrate an awareness of self within the context of family.
Benchmark: Children develop an understanding of self within the context of community.
Benchmark: Children will demonstrate awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures.
Benchmark: Children demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between people, places, and regions.
Through social interactions and play the children begin to show an understanding of self, family, culture, and community. They begin to understand their role in a family, share in family traditions, and see the value in diversity and different cultures. The dramatic play area has multicultural clothing, food, and other props. Books in the reading area show a diverse range of people and cultures. We listen and dance to music of different backrounds, and explore instruments used by people in those regions. Pictures of the children and their families hang in our space, and families are encouraged to share in their cultures and traditions.
|We are Family & Community|
Benchmark: Children will develop an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to their present and future activities.
The children learn about the passage of time through everyday routines, discussions of upcoming and past events, and through using language such as yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We have a daily schedule on the wall, photo albums of past field trips, and calendars to remind us of upcoming events.
|Our Daily Schedule|
|Waving Goodbye for now...knowing mommy will be back later.|
|The children often recall past events, such as the day the dump truck brought dirt....|
|.....And adventures like our trip to the zoo.|
Civic, citizenship, and government
Benchmark: Children demonstrate an understanding of roles, rights, and responsibilities
Benchmark: Children begin to learn the basic civic and democratic principles.
The children learn the basics of citizenship and government through group activities, meetings discussing topics such as planning activities and projects, upcoming events, and even meal planning. The children are encouraged to express their own opinion, while learning to respect the rights of others and making group decisions.
*I didn't realize when I first chose these photos, but looking at them now, I see it's the SAME 2 children in 2010, 2011, and in 2012, learning to negotiate and work together. It always melts my heart to see them ALL learning and growing together *
Benchmark:Children develop a basic understanding of economic concepts within the community.
The children begin to understand the basics of economics through role playing. They learn about what goods each store supplies (or service they provide), how much it costs, and the exchange of money for such goods or services. Trips to our local grocery store, gas station, post office, etc., show the children these concepts first hand.
|Negotiating The Sale|
Children demonstrate interest and awareness about a wide variety of careers and work environments.
The children learn about careers through many hands on materials in our space such as props in the dramatic play area, figures and buildings in the block area, and through visual materials such as books and puzzles. Through these materials the children learn about community helpers, the roles they play, and how they contribute to our community.
|The Train Conductor Punches Our Tickets|
|Visiting the Apple Orchard to Pick and Purchase Apples|
|Role Playing "Doctor"|