Processes and Materials

abc123I. Explorations in Physical Education and Health will help the child discover himself and his physical powers, and develop desirable habits and attitudes towards health.

  1. Locomotor skills and self-testing activities
  2. Spatial awareness
  3. Balance, coordination and posture
  4. Laterality, directionality, and verticality
  5. Manipulation
  6. Propulsion
  7. Gestures
  8. Nutrition
  9. Exercise an rest
  10. Cleanliness and clothing
  11. Safety
  12. Mental Health

II. Explorations in Physical Environment are organized around the natural sciences, natural history, math and technology symbols. They are designed to sharpen the skills of observation, classification, comparison and recording.

  1. Weather, seasons
  2. Wheels
  3. Sandbox
  4. Food
  5. Motion
  6. Water
  7. Construction
  8. Pets
  9. What’s alive
  10. Spaces and Places
  11. Our Senses
  12. Magnifying glasses
  13. Seeds and fruit
  14. Uphill and downhill
  15. Heat changes things
  16. Sounds
  17. Light and Dark
  18. Getting wet and drying
  19. Magnets
  20. Gravity
  21. Seesaws and balances
  22. Soap bubbles
  23. Number names around us
  24. One to one correspondence
  25. Perceiving number in a set and its subsets
  26. Counting, combining and separating
  27. Number line concepts
  28. Geometric concepts and fractional parts

III. Explorations in the Human Environment provide the vehicle for language development and social studies. In the area of language development, they focus on getting and expressing ideas through listening, observing and speaking. In social studies, experiences are utilized which enable the children to improve interpersonal relationships.

A. Interactions to help the child develop a positive self-image:

  1. Awareness of physical self
  2. Awareness of self in space and times
  3. Awareness of self in regards to others

B. Members of the environment:

  1. Parents and relatives
  2. Peers and other children in the school
  3. Teachers
  4. Pastor and Director
  5. Auxiliary staff

C. Interactions with language:

  1. Books and poetry
  2. Dramatizations
  3. Flannelboard
  4. Puppetry
  5. Fingerplays, songs
  6. Conversations
  7. Rhymes and rhythmic movement
  8. Child and teacher-made books
  9. Show and tell

D. Interactions in interpersonal relationships:

  1. Planning together
  2. Group determined rules for order and safety
  3. Living together
  4. Sharing, taking turns
  5. Concern for others and group needs
  6. Dramatic play

IV. Explorations of developing creativity and potentiality

A. Experiences to broaden and deepen discovery of God’s plan:

  1. Daily discussion and prayer time
  2. Baptism celebrations
  3. Chapel
  4. Bible stories and songs
  5. Celebrations of special seasons – Advent/Christmas, Epiphany, Lent/Easter
  6. Emphasis on “making love grow”

B. Interactions with materials:

  1. Paint, fingerpaint
  2. Crayons, markers
  3. Chalk
  4. Glue
  5. Paper
  6. Textiles, sponges
  7. Printing
  8. Collage
  9. Boxes
  10. Puppetry
  11. Found materials
  12. Construction – wood, metals, plastics

C. Interactions with movements:

  1. Fundamental movements
  2. Position, shape, action – alone and in combinations
  3. Rhythms, dance
  4. With accompaniment

D. Interactions with music:

  1. Singing
  2. Rhythms, action songs, fingerplays, marching
  3. Listening
  4. Free response
  5. Rhythm instruments
  6. Records, tapes
  7. Visiting musicians

E. Interactions with dramatics:

  1. Pretending
  2. Acting out life situations
  3. Puppetry
  4. Explorations of emotions

F. Skills in using resources for developing a positive self-image”

  1. Work habits
  2. Coordination
  3. Speech and language comprehension
  4. Computer awareness
  5. Independence
  6. Socialization

G. Appreciation, participation, enjoyment