Learning Centers
 Learning Centers are an integrated part of the total curriculum. Although each center serves to help children meet the goals in all areas of development, this list will accentuate developmental goals that are particular to some of our learning centers.
In Pretend Center children:
     learn about themselves, families, and their community
     take on a role or occupation and imitate behavior
     make-believe and use their imagination
     engage in socio-dramatic play
     develop social skills as they share, negotiate, compromise, and appreciate others
     develop abstract thinking skills by recalling and visualizing experiences to re-create
In Block Center children:
      grow in strength and coordination as they carry and place large and small blocks & props
      experiment with construction
      use blocks, animal and people figures, and vehicles for dramatic play
      develop abstract thinking skills as they re-create pictures of the concrete world
           develop math concepts as they count, sort, weigh, match, compare, order, and measure
      use workshop tools for building                                                                                                                   
In Library Center children:
     develop an interest in reading
     enjoy stories, poems, rhymes & music through books, tapes, CD's, flannel boards,  
     develop an understanding that written words are symbols and a means of communication
     increase vocabulary
     experience working with a computer
     gain information and knowledge from books
In Tactile Table children:
     develop small motor control and eye-hand coordination
     have a tactile experience with a variety of materials
     make constructions using tools
     engage in dramatic play using props
     explore science concepts of cause and effect and make comparisons
     learn about size, shape, volume and quantity
In Creative Art Center children:
     engagein the process of working with art and writing materials
     express feelings and ideas
     have sensory experiences
     develop small motor skills
     experiment with color, shape, line, size, and texture
     use language to enhance their work
In Table Toys children:
    use self-correcting toys to build independence
    use open-ended toys to improve small motor skills and eye-hand coordination
    use manipulatives to practice sorting, matching, classifying, comparing, sequencing, patterning    
     use cooperative games to develop visual discrimination skills, counting and numeral recognition
    use science tools to explore and discover how the world works
In Playground children:
     develop large muscle skills of balance, coordination and spatial awareness
     develop small muscle skills
     dig and construct in sandbox play
     use riding toys and a climber
     experience a quiet play area for art, music, games, or dramatic play
            learn about science and nature