Circle Time and Awareness
Circle time is a social group gathering where the students participate in a dialogue designed to stimulate thinking, enrich their social skills, allow self-expression and expand attention spans. Circle activities foster a sense of community providing the opportunity to be valued as an individual in a group setting. The skills acquired during circle promote school readiness, patience, the understanding of time, all while exploring topics like weather, calendar, current events, cultures, thematic lessons and dramatic play. Learning is enhanced through song, dance and other stimuli.
Manipulative and Learning Games
Manipulative activities help children to improve small muscle development, hand eye coordination and cognitive development. Some examples of these manipulative activities are puzzles, beads and lacing, and blocks. Some cognitive games include games using numbers, letters, shapes and colors. Many different concepts such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills balance, organization, and classification are developed. These activities also promote cooperative play, problem solving, and creativity. While using manipulatives, students have fun, which has been proven to increase engagement, motivation and self-confidence.
Craft time helps children creatively express their thoughts and feelings. It helps to reinforce fine motor skills and concept development. It also allows children to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances providing an opportunity for scientific exploration and free art exploration. Some of our preferred tools include paints, molding clay, shaving cream play, slime, stamps, glue and scissors.
Story time is designed to support the development, appreciation and enjoyment for literature. Reading activities enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills while expanding their knowledge base. Story time provides opportunities for turn taking, increases listening and attending skills and encourages early literacy skills and phonological awareness. Story time will include both children reading books and being read to in English and in foreign languages.
Yoga, Exercise and Movement
Yoga, exercise and movement will give students the opportunity to develop their large gross motor skills. Dynamic Learning Academy students will engage in fun, healthy exercise,Yoga and use of their imaginations. Yoga has many benefits such as enhancing concentration; when a student gets used to the asana or postures of yoga, it can help to improve their concentration skills. Students learn how to sit still in one place and focus on the moment. Yoga helps improve flexibility and balance and tones their muscles too. Students become more poised and start to believe in their abilities. Children are more flexible and agile than adults, so the earlier yoga is introduced, the more lifetime benefits can be gained. Students will also participate in activities such as sports play, tumbling and free play.
Spanish/Spanish Immersion Program
Spanish is offered at every level; beginning with basic articulation to full immersion programs. Students are exposed to meaningful interaction in Spanish from a native Spanish speaker. Learning the language happens organically as the teacher motivates the student to communicate, without worrying about the form of their utterances. The Spanish teacher works with the children in different centers of the classroom, reads stories to the whole group, works with children in small groups, and works together with the music teacher to sing songs in Spanish. Teachers integrate Spanish into the ongoing classroom themes and program. At 24 months of age and older the opportunity for full immersion is available. The classroom teachers and specialists all work closely together to ensure curriculum is well integrated and age appropriate. Studies support the early exposure to a second language. Research show a number of additional cognitive benefits to learning a second language at an early age. Children who study foreign language show higher cognitive performance in overall basic skills in elementary school. According to the College Entrance Examination Board, they go on to score higher on SATs. Children who learn a foreign language at a young age also exhibit better problem-solving skills, enhanced spatial relations, and heightened creativity.
Piano/Group Piano Lessons
Piano instruction is part of the enriching learning experience at DLA. Our students experience the exciting nature of music hands on through group piano lessons. Students gain musical skill and understanding, while developing the cognitive, social, and motor skills necessary to succeed in school. Interested students will also have the opportunity to further their learning with 1 on 1 lessons.