We promote early literacy, phonological awareness and a love and respect for books early on and we help children learn how to hold the book right side up and turning the pages right to left. We ask questions while reading to get their minds thinking about present, past and future. We also provide assistances identifying the letters in the alphabet in the book or around the room. Our Gamma classrooms have the children’s names posted around the room to help them recognize them. During morning circle we use Jolly Phonics, various songs, books and visual aids to make it fun to learn new letters and words.
The program is designed on the principles of multi-sensory learning and consists of four main styles of learning: visual (looking at the letter), auditory (listening to the letter sound), kinesthetic (through body movement to form and trace letters), and tactile (drawing letters in sand or printing the letter on a sensory tray like sandpaper).
Children are encouraged to be creative, use their imagination to explore, manipulate different textures and art materials in their classrooms. Exploring primary colours and how to make secondary colours. Recycling and reusing materials collected by the room helps the children understand how to respect the environment.
At SimplySmart math and number awareness is taught through day to day activities. The teachers will work with the children to sort, make patterns and identify differences and similarities between classroom materials. They will make charts to visually show the differences to the children as well.