The Bumble Bee Group is made up of our youngest students, the two and three year olds. The main focus of this group is on social and emotional development. There is emphasis put on getting along with friends, resolving conflicts, listening to teachers, using words to communicate, recognizing feelings and expressing those emotions and feelings in an appropriate way.
The Bumble Bees begin their group time with a short circle time where they sing a couple of songs or finger plays, listen to a story, or have a discussion about any variety of topics. At the beginning of the school year, their structured time starts out as only about 10 to 15 minutes. As the year progresses and the children grow, their attention spans also grow. The teachers adjust their structured time to reflect the children maturing throughout the year.
After a short circle time the children participate in a small group activity that the teachers have planned for them, often tied to a topic that was discussed during circle time. The Bumble Bees enjoy a variety of sensory activities, art activities and music movement activities during group time. After they have finished with their structured group activities they have free choice time in the housekeeping and block area, or they head to the outside classroom for structured large motor activities or free choice.