We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum to children ages 2 years old to Kindergarten. This approach provides each child with the right mix of challenge, support, sensitivity and stimulation to promote and enhance their learning. It allows children to grow at their own pace, explore, create, discover, build relationships with peers, and become confident lifelong learners.
During the school year (September to June) each week we spend time exploring a theme and a letter-of-the-week around which activities, readings and projects are planned. Pictures related to the theme and the letter-of-the-week are displayed on the bulletin board in the large group area. During circle time, we discuss and create fun songs and stories about them. Colors, numbers, shapes and many other concepts are woven into our discussions as well. This aides in the children’s language, literacy and cognitive development and also helps them become aware of and relate to things in their world.
Children help update a weather chart and calendar during circle time so they are learning the days of the week, months of the year and numbers and examine the seasons. Using our helper chart, we decide the task each child is able child to assist with each day i.e. wiping the table, distributing sitting pads, line leader, sweeping the floor, serving meals etc. This gives the children a sense of responsibility, community and ownership and it promotes life skills.
To further enhance and ensure that children’s developmental needs are being met, we supplement our curriculum with the Mother Goose Time curriculum- a nationally acclaimed research based program that covers many foundational skills for preschoolers. It also gives teachers concrete materials, new activity ideas and training to inspire children’s curiosity. You may find more information at Mother Goose Time.
While our themes guide us, we allow for spontaneous learning based on the children’s interests and curiosities and modify our lesson plans whenever it is necessary to accommodate the childrens' behaviors.