Each day, Peter's Place is filled with exciting and enriching activites for children. In developing curriculum, the teachers focus on the individual needs and interests of the children in each class. There is careful thought put into where each child is developmentally and what materials or experiences will be both challenging and engaging for individual children and for the larger group. Below is a small sample of the huge range of ever-changing activites available for children at Peter's Place.

Building with big blocks

    The large scale and weight of these blocks make them a great gross motor challenge and help increase spatial awareness.

 

The large scale and weight of these blocks make them a great gross motor challenge and help increase spatial awareness.

Sand and water play

    Sand and water are essential resources for young children. Children can explore and invent with these open-ended materials, doing hard work while also enjoying a sensory experience.

 

Sand and water are essential resources for young children. Children can explore and invent with these open-ended materials, doing hard work while also enjoying a sensory experience.

Writing

    Language development is fostered by offering a wide range of always available tools and activities that encourage children to experiment with the beginning stages of reading and writing.

 

Language development is fostered by offering a wide range of always available tools and activities that encourage children to experiment with the beginning stages of reading and writing.

Sensory Play

    The sensory input children receive from tactile ("messy") materials prompts the brain to process and organize information about the environment.  Children grow to tolerate new textures and can become quite absorbed in the investigation process.

 

The sensory input children receive from tactile ("messy") materials prompts the brain to process and organize information about the environment.  Children grow to tolerate new textures and can become quite absorbed in the investigation process.

Easel painting

  Painting is both a sensory experience for children and a form of creative expression.


Painting is both a sensory experience for children and a form of creative expression.

Problem solving

    Teachers spend time assisting children as they learn to work toward solutions that others can agree to while also advocating for their own needs.

 

Teachers spend time assisting children as they learn to work toward solutions that others can agree to while also advocating for their own needs.

Circle time games

    Working together in a group game develops important skills like turn taking, rule following, and team building.

 

Working together in a group game develops important skills like turn taking, rule following, and team building.

Playing with Playdough

    Playdough is soothing to touch, has an infinite number of uses in imaginary play, offers opportunities for sharing, and strengthens the muscles in fingers and hands.

 

Playdough is soothing to touch, has an infinite number of uses in imaginary play, offers opportunities for sharing, and strengthens the muscles in fingers and hands.

Working with manipulatives

  Working with small manipulatives, whether they are blocks, building toys, or small figures, spurs the imagination and tests developing fine motor skills.


Working with small manipulatives, whether they are blocks, building toys, or small figures, spurs the imagination and tests developing fine motor skills.

Dramatic play

  Pretend play allows children to try on roles and practice behaviors they see around them. Whether they are putting out a house fire or inviting friends to tea, they are exploring the world they see.


Pretend play allows children to try on roles and practice behaviors they see around them. Whether they are putting out a house fire or inviting friends to tea, they are exploring the world they see.

Inventions and creative expression

    Children are given many opportunities to build, invent and create with a variety of materials.

 

Children are given many opportunities to build, invent and create with a variety of materials.

Swinging and climbing

    Children's bodies need lots of time to twist, swing, climb, and jump so that they develop balance and body awareness, as well as to experience the joy of movement.

 

Children's bodies need lots of time to twist, swing, climb, and jump so that they develop balance and body awareness, as well as to experience the joy of movement.