The Nest Day Care, Inc.
Address: 984 Southford Rd.
Middlebury, CT 06762
Language is an important part of any program for young children. The environment is filled with posters, signs and reading material to foster letter recognition. A good teacher encourages children's speech by talking with them, by paying attention when they speak and by responding appropriately. Staff includes children in conversation, describe actions and ask open-ended questions.
The Writing Center in the preschool room provides the children with opportunities to strengthen their finger and hand muscles; a prerequisite needed to form letters. The writing center provides envelopes, paper, stamps and note cards for children to write "letter and notes" to friends and family. The child learns language through experiences, and by interacting with adults and other children, as well as singing and role playing. Circle time is filled with conversations, i.e. descriptions of their weekend, name and letter recognition. Language is an avenue of self-expression, and is an important part of your curriculum.