The Builder Classroom serves children ages two years to three and a half. There are two teachers for every eight children in this room. The Builders literally love to build things and then knock them down only to do it all over again. Another focus of children at this age is “I can do it myself!” And so the teachers in this room encourage children to try and do as many things for themselves as possible. This includes: dressing and undressing, feeding themselves, and cleaning up small messes. Children want to challenge their bodies and see how fast they can run, jump or swing and teachers support this too. Children are becoming more intentional in the way that they use the materials in the classroom and so are given more opportunities to select and use art and building materials. In addition to listening to stories, children now want to tell their own stories and a caring teacher is there to listen. The Builders engage in singing, rhyming and silly verses all the while trying out and expanding their new found verbal skills.
Some of the goals of the Builder classroom include:
- Provide opportunities for the further development of receptive and expressive language.
- Foster a sense of independence with an emphasis on self-help skills.
- Encourage and support positive social interactions.
- Provide opportunities for children to learn through play and express themselves creatively.