Creative Resources for Children and Parents

     In our progressive approach to early learning, the learning environment is intentionally prepared to encourage the development of children's imagination.  So important is the learning environment that it is considered to be a "second" or "third" teacher.  The children interact with materials and activities that are chosen for their open-ended quality.  The more "formed" or predetermined the "toys" and materials, the sooner children loose interest.  The more open-ended the "toys" or materials, the more space there is for the children's imaginative powers and engagement to connect. 

 

Teachers facilitate children's play by creating spaces and selecting materials, while the play scenarios are child-initiated. Our preschool materials are multi-sensory in nature, and many come directly from nature.  Some are referred to as "loose parts," and are included in the indoor & outdoor learning environment.  Here are some perennial favorites that parents, educators and children have identified:

  • Boomwackers- tuned percussion instruments, C Major Pentatonic Set

boomwackers.com

  • Sound Shapes (nesting drum set) - West Music, Remo SS-1000-05 Sound Shapes Circle Pack

                 westmusic.com

  • KEVA Planks - open-ended maple building blocks

                 kevaplanks.com

  • Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Board Games - 12 individual games available

                 peaceablekingdom.com

  • GONGE - creative movement learning props

                 gong.com

  • Bilibo - Swiss designed, hard plastic "seat" with endless uses in child-initiated play scenarios

                                                     Lots of LOOSE PARTS

  • Sand, clay, mud & water with lots of containers, scoops & funnels

  • Tobaggans - plastic or wood for pulling, loading, sledding or building

  • Log slices, scrap lumber, wood saw horses, wooden platforms, wood spools, straw bales

  • Squares of different textured fabrics, buttons

  • Sticks, shells, nuts, pinecones, stones, bones, feathers and other natural wonders from the animal, plant and mineral world

Sunrise Learning Center

400 High Street

Farmville, VA 23901

Located in the Parish House of Johns

Memorial Episcopal Church, ground floor

Corner of Buffalo, St. George & High Streets

(434) 395-0140

(434) 390-6709

sunriselearningc@gmail.com

Sunrise Learning Center is a private, independent, non-sectarian and non-profit school. SLC admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.