The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing also known as “Learn through Play.” From our vast experiences we have found that
requires active thinking, doing and experimenting. This is how we discover how many things work in our world.
As we are dedicated to the success of all children at this critical time from age 2 years and up. We want to ensure that we support each child with individualized instruction academically as well as emotionally. We will follow the child’s lead and track their progress to ensure that they are meeting developmental milestones. We encourage children to become enthusiastic learners confidently exploring their own ideas and think their own thoughts. It is our goal to help children become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. As teachers and parents we are teaching our young children how to learn. We are allowing them to learn at their own pace in ways that are best for them. We want them to be happy, to experiment, and to be successful in life.
We facilitate learning in our supportive, intellectually stimulating environment where children can explore and learn from our different interest areas such as dramatic play, science center, writing center, block center and art. we plan and provide opportunities and activities that allow the children to work together as a team, but also provide opportunities for children to work individually. We set up these learning centers based on the children’s needs and interests. We use assessment data collected by us to help plan activities. Each day we have both structured and un structured learning activities. On a typical day we could have a small group activity where the children learn about bugs, they can explore those bugs in depth in the science center, they can read about that bug in the reading center and then draw bugs in the art area . We may even go outside and look for that bug.
These opportunities help provide a great base of experiences that will positively prepare children to live lives filled with personal satisfaction, as responsible, concerned citizens. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
For the children’s Social and Emotional Development the children are able to choose between a variety of curriculum boxes with different themes including trains, tower blocks… Children are encouraged to identify and label their feelings. Children may take on pretend roles using themed dress up clothing offered on a daily basis. Children are often guided in finding multiple uses for classroom objects.
For the Arts children are encouraged to dance to music of different cultures, Children are encouraged to use their imaginations in drawing and painting shapes letters and symbols. Children often retell stories they have heard and act out dances they have performed.
Physical Health and Development is an important part of a child’s day. We use markers, crayons, and other objects to work on our fine motor skills to make specific strokes or figures. Children are allowed to ride bikes, drive cars, push wagons and shopping carts on our outdoor playground. Children are given reminders about self-help skills, such as clean-up time and hand-washing and are sometimes asked “How can you solve that problem?” When sharing conflicts arise. Children are taught to follow classroom rules, with gentle reminders if needed.
For Mathematics we initiate discussions of similarities and differences between objects. Children are given tasks to sort objects by size, shape or color. We often discuss time concepts such as past, present, or future events that may be happening. Children use comparative words to describe number, size, shape, weight, and color
We have done several amazing Science experiments. Children are encouraged to wonder “what will happen if” and test possibilities demonstrating cause and effect Children are given time to observe and examine objects and notice details and attributes. Several of those science projects can be seen displayed in our classroom.
Our Learning Centers Include:
Art Center – Construction paper, crayons, markers available at all times. scissors, glue, and glitter with supervision
3-5 center-Access to games and toys that reflect a pre-k learning environment. (No Dump and Run.)
Dramatic Play – Dress-up clothes, baby dolls, doll clothes, kitchen area with dishes, furniture and toy food, telephones
Block Area – Unit blocks, toy people, animals, cars and trucks, and large Lego’s. Duplo blocks, Trains…
2-3+ area-All the essentials, phones, blocks, puzzles, soft toys sensory wall, cars, books, science,….
Nature/Science Center – Natural object collections (rocks, feathers, flowers), magnifying glasses, science themed books and games, and bug collection activities.
Indoor and Outdoor materials include: Dress-up clothes and hats, Indoor house with kitchen, telephone, etc., Baby dolls and doll house, clothes, Tricycles, toy cars, we have balancing all around the pea gravel and rubber area, we have a slide and we have lots of pea gravel for sensory experiences….hauling, measuring, moving, digging, piling! we also have swings. Some Sensory materials include, Sand and water tables, Play-dough with accessories, Sand box (outdoors) ,
The Goals of Our Curriculum
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in Childcare, but all through their lives. We’re allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We’re giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
Social: To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.
Emotional: To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
Cognitive: To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical: To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.