Curriculum

To give you an idea of our curriculum let me tell you a bit about our philosophy of learning for the early years in life.

With the average life expectancy of somewhere beyond 75 years your child has a lot of learning ahead of them!

It is important for children to “love to learn.”
“Teaching children to love to learn” is our mission and philosophy of early education.

We employ well qualified, enthusiastic teachers and we supply our classrooms with age and developmentally appropriate learning equipment and materials..

Teachers write and post lesson plans in each classroom from our youngest infants to our senior preschool classroom.

The teacher’s primary objective is creating a learning environment that encourages the children to happily explore and investigate their surroundings.

We use a curriculum called The Creative Curriculum as a guide to establish the classroom environment, learning centers and special teaching techniques.  We do, however, take the philosophy of The Creative Curriculum “that all learning should be child directed” and add a dose of reality and balance with teacher lead large group  and some teacher lead small group time in order to properly prepare children for today’s kindergarten.

All of our classrooms are center based.  Center areas might include: reading area, writing/ fine motor center, art center, music area, dramatic play, blocks, math center, science/sensory table, etc…  Often learning happens by discovery. For example a child learns about physics and geometry by building with blocks. Often times no one directly teaches the child during this activity. However, s/he may learn that a tower balances more easily with the bigger blocks on the bottom. Or that two triangular blocks can be put together to form a square. Or perhaps the child may learn that a bigger wooded block is heavier that a smaller block made of the same material.  If they are playing with another child or a teacher they may learn that when two people work nicely together to build a tower it can get done faster.  Or if each person has their own bin of blocks and they put their bins of blocks together a bigger tower can be built. The teacher’s primary job during this time is modeling, monitoring and encouraging.

Our curriculum for children two and up balances a combination of center based discovery and free play with small and large group learning.  While the teacher is always interacting with the children during center time, center time is primarily child directed. Small and large group time, while proving for much interaction from the children is often teacher directed.  Even older one year olds are ready for large group time on a very limited basis.  In the one year old room all of the children might come together on the learning rug for a song or a short story.  Or a teacher might bring just a small group of children together to read or paint etc…

Children in our 3 and 4 year old preschool classes are able to have group time for longer periods than our toddler age children.  In these classrooms this is often the time when new learning topics are introduced and “old topics” are reviewed.  This is an excellent time for children to practice being good listeners and also taking turns speaking and participating. Calendar time, story time, music and movement and class discussions are just a few of the activities that may happen during group time…..

Theme based weekly lesson plans are posted for our 2, 3 and 4 year old preschool rooms. These plans consist of small/fine motor activities, large motor activities, letter activities, numeral identification, rote counting, counting and math activities, social values and much, much more.

Our weekly lessons are theme based and the activities are cross-curricular. In other words, the primary focus of a learning activity or lesson may cover two or more learning areas. For example, the children may do an art activity as a follow up to a big book story the teacher read about dinosaurs. While reading a big book the teacher pointed to the words as she read them, modeled using picture clues to help her read, demonstrated to the children where to find the words on the page and how to “return sweep” to the next line of words when reading -all important reading/pre-reading skills. Throughout the book the teacher engaged the class in discussion about history and science areas the book touched upon and the children used direction following and fine motor skills to complete their art project after story time. Part of the art project directions included gluing five triangles (counting and shapes) onto the dinosaur’s back to make it resemble a triceratops.

Our Hours of Operation

We are open Monday-Friday.
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
We are open year round.
Our preschool program runs September - Mid June.
We have summer "day camp" options avalible as well.