Little Bear Dayhome Agency offers an Early Childhood Education Program. We believe that children learn best through hands on experiences that are based on the children's interest and current abilities. The goal of the program is to foster new skills and abilities and support healthy development in each child socially, physically, creatively, intellectually, and emotionally. We follow the constructivist learning philosophy where children are able to learn through intentional play based programming.
All educators are given information to assist them with program planning. This includes Monthly (Curriculum) Planning Sheets, Child Interest Sheets as well as other pertinent paperwork. All gross motor activities that take place inside/outside will be noted on the Curriculum Map daily. Home Visitors will routinely check program plans and offer support if requested. Forms are available online, and PDF fillable.
Little Bear educators observe and record observations. These observations can be on planned activities or spontaneous events. Observations are to record what the educator specifically sees and hears the children doing, and assist the educator in planning according to children's interests, evidence learning and development. Observations can be recorded on Anecdotal Observation forms, on daily log sheets, or shared as learning stories. Pictures to go along with the observations are encouraged.
Little Bear educators must set up play areas during operating hours. Children should have a minimum of sixty (60) minutes of physical activity each day. If weather is not permitting, plan an inside gross motor activity.