Curriculum Objectives for Curriculum and Construction Room:
- Promote critical thinking skills
- Familiarize students with the alphabet, basic giometric shapes, colors, numbers and counting
- Develop language skills
- Develop fine motor and pre-writing skills
- Introduce kindergarten level activities such as phonics, addition/subtraction, charting, sequencing, patterning, one-to-one correspondence, estimating, sorting objects by size, position and characteristics, determining opposites.
We accomplish this objectives by providing a minimum of 13 activities from which the students may choose, including a sensory table that may contain rice, water, rocks, shells, confetti, etc. Students move freely between the activities so they are engaged in what they are doing. Each day the activities will encompass some aspect of each of the 5 objectives. The objectives are modified for younger students (non-pre-k) to be age appropriate. The activities are also designed to reflect the weekly theme, which provides additional learning opportunities.
Some examples of green room activities are listed below:
- Making letters with the straight and curved pieces of wood ( from “Handwriting Without Tears”, used by Hanover county to teach letter formation) or with wikki string, or with blocks, foam shapes, shells, cars, cotton balls or any of a multitude of manipulatives that make forming letters fun
- Practicing pre-writing skills with tracing dotted lines, completing mazes, dot-to-dots, stencils or drawing
- Matching or sorting objects by color, shape or characteristic
- Counting out manipulatives such as farm animals, apples, pumpkins, etc. to match numbers (and then adding them together for pre-k students)
- Action cards to put in chronological sequence (3-step for 3/4 year olds; 6 step for pre-k’s)
- Completing AB patterns for 3/4 year olds, adding AAB, ABB and ABC patterns for pre-k’s
- Sorting shape blocks into rows by shape from shortest to tallest
- Sorting animals in the sensory table into habitat: land, water, air
- Using tweezers to feed pom-pom acorns to a squirrel, matching the number of “acorns” fed to the number given
- Matching upper case letter to upper case letter or 3/4 year olds; matching upper case letter to lower case letter for pre-k’s
Many of the “Green Room” activities tie to the kindergarten SOL’s used by the Virginia school system: Math SOLs K1,K2,K3,K4,K6,K11,K12,K13K14,K15,K16; English SOLs K4,K7,K11,K12; History and Social Science SOLs K1,K3,K6,K8
Our children are encouraged to make their own choices in each room. We believe that if children can make choices now, they will be better equipped to make the more important choices later in life.