At Explorers Adventure School, we recognize each child has their own unique learning style and interests, so our low ratios allow our teachers to get to know each child and incorporate activities into the curriculum that draw each child into the learning environment! It has also been proven that children learn best through play, so our daily schedule and curriculum allows for enough choice in activities and lots of movement to keep their young minds and bodies eager to learn. We designed our program to offer multiple opportunities for each child to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically at their own pace.
Children visit three classrooms each day, themed for different pathways of learning at an advanced level.
This room gets really messy, as we take part in fun experiments, art activities, and lots of hands on play with different materials!
This room has an emphasis on literacy, math, and pre-engineering. Here you’ll find students constructing mini cities in our large block plan/transportation zone, working on a math activity, or hanging out with “Mat Man”- our alphabet superhero.
This room is designed like a small town with a grocery store, kitchen, house, and rotating community helper dress up based on the current curriculum. We do a lot of free play in here, really unleashing imaginations, working on social skills, and practicing other learning concepts in a fun way!
One question we are asked frequently about our students rotating through classrooms is if they are able to develop a sense of home at school since they do not have only one classroom. We have found that with our small school size and small ratios, kids come to bond with the school as a whole, in love with “their school” and knowing all of the other kids and teachers makes for easy transitions from year to year. The close proximity of classrooms and opportunities for interactions with students of different age groups allow for the younger students to really look up to the children in the older classrooms and for the older students to strive to be positive role models for their younger friends.
All children in the Explorers program participate in dedicated indoor gross motor time during each school day. We have two spaces this takes place: an open “gym” type space for relays, yoga, games, parachute, ball sports, and other fun cooperative gross motor activities, and also a preschool gymnastics zone. By incorporating gymnastics into our program, our children are provided another opportunity to develop gross motor skills, fine motor skills, trust, and perseverance.
Benefits of Gymnastics for Preschoolers:
FITNESS – Experiencing fun association with fitness activities early in life can create life-long positive fitness habits.
FOCUS – Learning how to concentrate on a task and achieving goals.
BALANCE – Walking beams can transfer later to riding a bike.
STRENGTH – Climbing on bars and ropes develops muscle strength.
FLEXIBILITY – Improved range of motion through stretching and holding body positions.
COORDINATION – Hand-eye coordination improves writing ability while eye-tracking improves reading readiness.
THE SPORT OF ALL SPORTS – Gymnastics prepares kids for ALL sports.
We care a lot about safety in our gymnastics zone. All of our equipment is preschool-sized, even our mini bars and mini foam pit! It’s a great space for our students to have indoor playtime when outdoor time is rained out, too! We spend about 30 minutes on our gross motor lesson plans each day; the perfect amount of time to get our wiggles out, work on our coordination and other skills (like handwriting drills, believe it or not!), and then get back in the classroom. For a longer more focused gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, or parkour class, join one of our extend-your-day options!