Welcome to the Butterfly Class!
Our three year old class is not your ordinary class. Specific times of the day you can peek in and see us working hard on our weekly focus letter, engaged in story time or designing a master piece. But on any giving day you can walk into our classroom to meet a doctor, a builder, a mermaid and chef working happily side by side. The Butterfly Class is always transforming! We feel that a dramatic- play center in our classroom is an important component to development.
The Dramatic Play Skill Set
Our students work with and develop different skills as they take part in dramatic play experiences. Dramatic play promotes the development of social skills through interaction with others. They develop role playing where they mimic behaviors and verbal expressions of someone or something they are pretending to be. They learn to use materials and props to extend or elaborate on their play. Dramatic play encourages communication through the use of speaking and listening skills.
Dramatic Play and Development
Dramatic play enhances our students socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and verbally. When our students “perform a show” they recreate life experiences they actually face. They learn to deal with emotions they may experience. In the process they develop skills that help them to cooperate with their peers. They also develop both gross and fine motor skills – fire fighters climb ladders and parents cook dinner. When our students are involved in make-believe play, they make use of pictures they have created in their minds to recreate past experiences, which is a form of abstract thinking - setting a table for a meal, counting out change as a cashier or dialing a telephone. And in order to work together in a dramatic play situation, our children learn to use language to explain what they are doing. They learn to ask and answer questions and the words they use fit whatever role they are playing.
Where will our imagination take us....
Dramatic play helps children explore different roles and situations as children play with items and tools adults use in everyday life. Role play also helps children learn about their community, their surrounding environment, and a variety of careers. We provide the tools
necessary to promote this form of learning and development.
Dramatic Play Themes
We change our dramatic play center throughout the year to keep it fresh and exciting. Every month we set the stage” throughout the classroom. Any dramatic play area should be inviting. Presentation alone should inspire creative and imaginative play. This should be an area where the children can immediately take on a role and begin pretending.
Props for Play
For each theme we like to saturate the area with props to help shift them in to the realm of whatever they are exploring. Tool sets, “real” food like options, old purses, wallets, keys, and used gift cards are always extremely popular in the pretend play center.
Books, Puzzles and Manipulatives in the Dramatic Play Center
We place a variety of books, puzzles and manipulatives related to the theme we are covering for the month for our students to explore.
We have great joy in seeing our students reinventing scenes that might take place in other areas of life such as gas stations, building sites, department stores, classrooms, or libraries. Their imaginations amaze us and we just cannot resist the temptation to join the fun and learning.
The Terrific Turtles are the two year old class at Seeds of Faith Preschool. We believe that our students deserve an early learning experience that is individualized and presented in a healthy environment that welcomes exploration, imagination and spiritual growth. All our activities are chosen with this in mind.
The Playful Pups class is Seeds of Faith youngest organized class. We plant the seed of faith early around here! Every day is a fun adventure full of love!
We typically begin our day with manipulatives which help build those fine motor skills. Puzzles, Play-doh, and all sorts of sensory items are some favorites.
Everyday we have a specials time. On Tuesdays, we see Mrs. Michelle for Music and Movement, and on Thursdays we see Zach (and Mrs. Amanda!) in Bible Buddies.
Once a month. Mrs. K. comes from the Douglasville library for fun books, songs, and rhymes. We never know what crazy costume she is going to show up in next!
Snack is sure an important time as far as our little guys are concerned! We begin with a simple prayer and reinforce the importance of handwashing. We like to start good habits early!
Recess time is another popular one! We love to go outside but are certainly lucky to have our gym for those cold or rainy days.
Weekly, we have an art project corresponding to our monthly learning goals. Colors, seasons and holidays- we include them all! We also have a monthly nursery rhyme that often gets reinforced here.
We end our day with story time which often includes our Bible focus of the month.
The introduction of classroom manners is a big focus for this class. Learning to play together sweetly and sharing is an important first step to making friends. We learn to line up by standing on dots right by the door. By winter, our little guys have this down! Sitting for short periods of time, whether for snack or story time, is a critical classroom skill we introduce as well.
We do all this while focusing on teaching our little guys about God’s love. It is important to us that our Pups have a quality, fun learning experience while developing a life long love of the Lord.
Classroom Spotlight! Mother's Morning Out Class | Douglasville, Ga Preschool | Seeds of Faith Preschool
Here’s a little info about our weekly Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) Class!
MMO is designed for children 6 months to 3 years old, and meets twice a week from 9-12. Our MMO teachers are Michelle Jacobs, Pamela Polston, and Abby Vaughn. Mrs. Pamela and Mrs. Abby also teach our Playful Pups (1 year old) class, and Mrs. Michelle is our Music and Movement Specialist.
A typical morning in MMO includes free play, sensory play, craft time, outside or recreation room play, and a music lesson. We also include story time, singing, and snack time. The kids have a great time each week!
Here are some pictures of our class enjoying sensory playtime, which is any activity that stimulates the senses and encourages exploration of the scientific process.
We love music time! Here are a few pictures of our children enjoying music lessons. Music exploration is important for toddlers, as it’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.
Craft time is a lot of fun! Sometimes we have a specific craft in mind, and other times we encourage the children to explore freely. We don’t have many pictures of craft time- our hands are usually full of paint, baby wipes, glue, and little hands! Here are a few pictures of some free play craft time using stamps.
Recreation time is one of our favorite times of the day! During the winter months, we are blessed to have an indoor playspace to enjoy, complete with ride on toys and bouncy balls.
Free play is exciting as well! The children love exploring both of our MMO rooms and playing with their friends. Free play is a vital part of our morning, as it is through play that children engage and interact with the world around them.