Day Care Centers provide care to children whose parents are out working. An good day care center does more than mere babysitting the children. A good day care center provides learning and motivating activities to the children. Day care learning takes many forms. If there is a good variety of learning opportunities in a day care center, it instils enthusiasm for learning in children.
Learning centers in a day care classroom involves a set of several activities in the different parts of the room. A healthy balance of different activities gives the children the opportunity to pick that topic they are interested in. These can include books, toy blocks, art pieces, puzzle projects, sensory tables, puppets, and many more. Most day care learning takes place on an individual level before the child interacts with other kids as they desire. Getting the children to try out all the learning centers within the classroom keeps them engaged and well-rounded.
Small group learning allows a child to work with other children to accomplish a task. This type of day care learning also allows teachers to effectively supervise a number of kids. The ideal ratio of a teacher to the children should 5 is to one. This enables children to get the teacher’s attention without having to compete for it. Small group learning utilises board games, art projects, and short skits that the kids can present to the rest of the group.
Another type of day care learning is the large group activities. This one involves the entire class in one educational activity. You have to remember though that children may experience difficulty in concentrating with a large group. But you also have to take note that they need to be exposed to large group activities. So it is recommended that you occasionally change the duration of large group activities, increasing and decreasing the length of the activities to meet the children’s needs. Activities involved in this type of day care learning are counting, alphabet activities, singing songs, reading books, or teaching the children sign language.
Physical activity is another day care learning method and it helps children develop their motor skills over time. Utilise activities such as relay race, dance, tag, and some exercise activities. Children also need to develop their hand-eye coordination so you need to utilise activitie that require them to manipulate small objects such as puzzles, building something out of building blocks, andmock laboratory or kitchen equipment will help achieve this.
Real world experiences are perhaps the most important type of day care learning. A trip to the local zoo, museum, or a local business establishment while explaining to them what purposes that establishment serves can be really helpful for children to understand the world outside the day care center.