Toddlers: The Explorers Room (1 to 2 years)
Children between the ages of 1 and 2 are curious, observant, energetic, determined, focused – and sometimes stubborn. They are natural-born, learning-all-the-time explorers of everything…insatiable consumers of sensory experiences. These children are highly involved and capable future adults, eager to engage with the world. These children are not little babies. They are explorers.
Young Pre-School: The Wonderers Room (2 to 3 years)
It´s not easy being 2. Children of this age are realizing that the world no longer revolves around them like it did when they were infants. Still, life´s not so bad. It´s just a bit complex and overwhelming sometimes. They are trying to understand the world. Their curiosity & drive sometimes may look like trouble. They are investigative forces to be reckoned with-busy brains on the go. We cannot underestimate the power of these wonders.
Pre-School: The Engineers / Constructors Room (3 to 4 years)
Around the age of 3, it is often believed that children should start to “behave”. But, they are not built to sit still, keep their hands to themselves, take turns, be patient, stand in line, or keep quiet. They need motion, novelty, adventure and a world in which they can engage with their whole body. As children turn 4, they become smooth talking, agile, and observant. They need to experiment and construct. These children require challenges, and a world of loose parts with which they can build representations of all that it is going on inside their developing brains. They are engineers.
Pre-Kindergarten: The Researchers Room (4+ years)
4 years olds are risk takers and mess makers. They are not built for desk sitting. Their busy brains crave action, novelty and so much information. They are not as “grown up” as some people think – they still need to play, move and explore often. Everything they do is a form of research. The key is to not rush their childhood. Let´s encourage them to be researchers of their world and turn their curiosities into knowledge.