Sunflower Room Teachers
The Sunflower classroom makes each day a fun and safe learning environment for each child. The teachers plan activities each week that reflect the children’s needs and desire to explore the world around them. In our classroom you will see our children coloring and painting, stacking blocks to make towers, reading books, and lots of laughter. You will also see teachers interacting with children and encouraging vocabulary as they speak gently and discuss what is going on in their world.
Spending time outside immersed in nature is important to our classroom. We encourage gross motor skills by teaching and supporting children as they climb the tire structure and the slides, and blow bubbles as children chase them. Children make music outside, explore the garden, and dig holes in the sand while they practice filling and dumping buckets.
Teachers work closely with the parents to ensure each child’s individual needs are met every day. Open and honest communication between teachers and families is an integral part of the Sunflowers classroom.
All classrooms spend time outside daily in almost every type of weather. The playground is a place where children can practice safe risk assessment. Learning to maneuver through uneven terrain and climbing are especially important skills that toddlers are driven to practice at this age. For preschool children, learning to swing, walking the balance beam, climbing and getting down from the jungle gym, and obstacle courses are excellent ways for children to enhance their gross motor skills. Teachers are there to facilitate safe climbing on various objects and guide children to climb independently instead of placing them at the top or on the ground.
Teachers mindfully provide personal interactions that model respect, kindness, and empathy towards others in the ways they treat the children. Each child is respected as a capable individual with unique interests and development.