Lion Class



Welcome to the Lion Classroom

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Shannon are the teachers of the Lion room, and they are very excited to have your child in this class. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have on your upcoming transition. The following information will help you become familiar with the room and routine.


Schedule

(Our schedule may vary slightly on times from day to day, depending on the children’s                     needs and interests for that particular day)

Opening – 8:45            Open play in the Tiger room (or outside)

8:45 – 9:30                 Open play (inside or outside)

9:30 – 9:40                 Clean up, use potties and wash hands

9:40-10:10                  Snack

10:10 – 10:30              Greeting, Read stories, Singing, etc.

10:30 – 11:15              Open play, Cooking, Art, Science, Discovery time

11:15 – 12:00              Outside play/Gross motor activities

12:00                           Clean up, Wash hands, Potty

12:00 – 12:30             Lunch

12:30-12:45                Audio books/Read aloud

12:45 – 2:30               Nap/quiet time

2:30 – 3:00                 Wake up, quiet activities

3:00 – 3:15                 Wash hands, clean up

3:15 – 3:30                 Snack

3:30- 5:00                   Outside play or open play

5:00 – 5:30                 Open play

 

 




Lion Philosophy


Our curriculum is created by using the Reggio-Emilia approach of emergent curriculum. We use a play-based philosophy in which we provide new materials and challenges based on the themes of interest we see throughout the classroom. The teachers are researchers. Our job is to be engaged in the children’s play and find common threads in their play to spark curriculum ideas which challenge, question, and support their learning. Our goal is to provide a space where the children feel their ideas are honored and represented in a way that allows them to learn through their
play. Through play we practice negotiation and teamwork skills. We explore numbers, quantities, shapes, letters, sounds, language and colors. We expand our vocabulary, practice inquiry skills and expressing feelings. Every material and interaction is intentional to support the child as a whole learner and prepares them to be a functioning member of society. 

Lions  have 3 basic rules in the classroom: respect yourself, respect others and respect the community.

Big body play and play battling is an option that we have available for Lions, based on the individual child as he or she shows interest in participating. As our children show they need it as an outlet, the Lions class will have discussions as a class on the rules and goals around this type of play before the children engage in it. The language around this activity is very intentional and crucial.  We always refer to it as “Play” battle or “Playing” battle so that it is clear to the children and the adults supervising that this is a form of play as an outlet for children to express themselves, but not a form of violent expression.  Play battling happens on mats or another soft surface.  Two participants at a time occupy the “play battle zone,” and in order to participate, each child must consent to the invitation, thereby creating an environment where both children want to be part of this kind of activity.  A teacher is in direct supervision at all times.  There are rules surrounding this form of play, and each child uses open hands at all times.  There is, of course, no hitting, kicking, or doing anything intended to inflict pain on anyone else.  For some, the goal might be to maneuver the other participant onto the mat; however, for others, the goal is simply to engage in physical activity.  Once down on the mat, the play battlers allow each other to stand back up and it begins again.  Each pair has a time limit of three minutes, at which time they shake hands or give each other a hug and allow another group of two to play battle. Studies have shown that play battling and big body play, when done with parameters such as we have in place rarely escalates to fighting, injury and agitation (in fact, the risk of injury is greater with normal activities in the classroom or outside).  Please feel free to ask for copies of this research.   This policy is supported and echoed in NAEYC publications, and we have included an excerpt from one such work, Big Body Play: Why boisterous, vigorous, and very physical play is essential to children's development and learning, by Frances Carlson:

 

"We support this play style because it provides so many benefits to your

child.  When children play vigorously and sometimes roughly, they are

learning how to use language and how to take turns, how to give a little

 bit, how to sometimes dominate and sometimes hold back, and how to

make and follow rules. They are learning about cause and effect, and

they are learning how to understand how other children feel."

                                            

We are lucky to have woods surrounding us as a place we can explore as a class. Each week we will spend time exploring outside. Sometimes our explore days consist of walking across logs in the woods, letting children’s imaginations run wild with pretend animals and dissecting bones, building forts, rolling in the mud or anything else we run into while outside in the woods. For the most part, the children guide the exploration and thus guide their own learning and discovery.  We often allow our students to use team work, build relationships and foster trust within themselves. Our number one concern is the safety of our students. We try to go outside as much as we can except for extreme weather conditions that would make it unsafe to do so.  

-Lion Team