One of the things that we teach at Rainbow Steps is the beginning of how to describe and compare measurable attributes. This student is comparing the size of various objects in order to describe one as bigger or smaller than the other.
With role playing, students learn to negotiate and transfer knowledge to each other. It also teaches important facets of life like delayed gratification, balancing ones ideas with others, and synthesizing information and ideas.
In preschool, students begin learning simple measurements like “big or little” and “long and short.” The basics of classification are important throughout life through measuring size, weight, time, and volume.
We make our own fire fighter hats with Dalmatian ears before a real fire fighter comes to visit at Rainbow Steps. Making a costume of a fire fighter, then seeing a real one right in one's classroom, makes a direct link for students.
Students learn how to ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something. We encourage understanding and using question words (interrogatives). Children are encouraged to produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
We hang things on our walls that are student-produced using a combination of drawing and dictating to encourage students to compose. Drawing encourages the future ability to produce writing that is understood by others, and that can be explained by the author.
Puzzles are multi-purpose at Rainbow Steps: They build students' manipulation skills; they demand students use their cognitive skills; and they show that the reward at completion provides a positive ending to a task.