A couple of weeks ago, we invited parents to experience classroom life with les piccolos, called “Open Class”. Our objective in the toddler class was to really explain the physical arrangements of our space. We often hear, “Wow, it’s such a nice class!” The space is designed around the developmental learning of children as they explore every area of the room. Everything in the space, from the physical location of furniture to the toys on the shelves reflects our utter most understanding of young children’s needs.
Children need space to develop their language skills, either one-on-one with an adult, or in a group setting. The class offers “circle time” with a library and a quiet cube. The area allows for conversation, interactions, reading, private time or individual exchange.
To cover the sensorial and physical needs of young children, our classroom is equipped with a loft where they can practice climbing up and down the small stairs, sliding down the slide, and crawl through the tunnel! A huge space is allowed for running, pushing, touching as well as manipulating and feeling.
Children practice their social and emotional skills through pretend play. Different spaces throughout the class encourages them to do so. From the baby area, to the farm, and even the cars, children learn to imitate, grow, be independent, and story-tell on their own!
Lastly, to stimulate their intellectual curiosity, the shelves are filled with a wide variety of toys: puzzles, math games, towers, blocks, group activities, craft, safe paints (with adult supervision)…children can find something that will fit their unique personalities!
There you have it, a beautiful class with limitless exploration, to enhance our students’ learning and growth!