Butterflies (4 yrs. by start of fall program)
This program exposes your Jr.Kindergartener/Transitional Kindergartener to an “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Through scaffolding, adults help children gain knowledge and develop creative problem-solving skills. (High Scope, 2015). Jr. Kindergarteners/Transitional Kindergarteners begin mission service by participating in Second Harvest food collection, writing letters to active members of the military, and collecting coats for the shelters.