As a licensed Child Care Center, our goal at Round Hill Kids is to integrate care and education into a cohesive plan. Freely chosen play is the medium through which learning occurs. By providing warm, nurturing care and developmentally appropriate equipment and activities we can stimulate children’s natural desire to explore and problem solve. Our groups are small and intimate, allowing for careful observation. Interactive experiences are planned and build on responsiveness to the individual child’s interest and curiosity as well as family goals and concerns. We create an environment that encourages friendship building and a community of learners who collaborate and work together.
The preschoolers have been working diligently to establish a classroom grocery store. It has been quite a process, full of opportunities to learn about nutrition, develop social skills, and express their creativity! The children have made decisions about the kinds of foods they wish to sell at the store, made management decisions (how to determine who gets to work at the checkout, etc.), identified appropriate customer behavior (waiting in the checkout line, and taking turns with the carts, etc.), and finally, they voted on the name of the store (the democratic process at its best!). They worked together to paint a unique and very colorful sign. Thanks to a grant from the Green Mountain Healthy Kids Challenge, we have had the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of healthy play foods, shopping baskets, and two very cool shopping carts. The shelves are stocked and the classroom store, “RAINBOW SPRINKLES,” is open and ready for business! Great job, preschoolers!
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