The Edelweiss Classroom is for children ages 3 - 4 years old.
Children in the Edelweiss Classroom continue to work through the handwriting curriculum. They learn the fundamentals of writing establishing their pencil grip. Through art children continue to work on scissor skills and learn to cut out basic shapes. During circle time children continue to build on the skills they have learned in previous classrooms. Daily children will work on colors, shapes, letter and number identification, counting, learn about weather, days of the week, and months of the year. Children also learn the colors and letters in American Sign Language. Teachers work with the children on recognizing their names and start learning what letters are in their names. Children work on fine motor skills through activities such as threading beads, turning the pages of a book one by one, and stacking small objects. Large motor skills are encouraged through music and movement and weather permitting, daily outdoor play. Children are encouraged to use their words with their friends and work out conflicts between them.
A Day in the Edelweiss Classroom
When children arrive in the Edelweiss Classroom they are welcomed into the room and invited to play in centers in the classroom until breakfast. The children eat breakfast together in family style dinning. After breakfast the children have circle time learning. After circle time the children play in centers and are called for art/math/science projects and to work individually with a teacher in their handwriting curriculum workbooks. After children have completed their academic activities the children have outdoor play time, weather permitting. When the children come in from playing outside, they eat lunch together in family style dinning. After lunch the children have rest time. When the children get up from rest time, they are served snack as a group. After snack the children are able to play outside, weather permitting. If the children are not able to play outside due to extreme weather conditions, the children play inside in different centers in their classroom.