Curriculum Goals

Research shows that play is a key way children discover, build, and reinforce knowledge about their world. For 3- to 6- year-olds, play may be a child dancing to his favorite song or telling stories to a rapt audience of stuffed animals; a few children running a bakery with materials teachers have provided based on her careful observation of the children’s interest; and several children playing a card game first with rules explained by their teachers, and then gradually adapting the game with their own rules. Sometimes play is entirely child selected and directed; in other situations, adults provide scaffolding in a playful setting to nurture children’s emerging capabilities and knowledge. Although these examples range from unstructured play to guided play to playing games, all are play, and all involve learning.

Listed below are the skills young children learn through self-discovery, teacher-directed activities, and from watching each other.  These skills will foster security, self-esteem, and cognitive learning.  It will empower them to make decisions, make friends, overcome their apprehensions, and become more independent.  Above all, at the end of their preschool years, these skills will prepare them for their next level of development, kindergarten!

Our Goals

  • Foster relationships with adults in order to develop the basic trust essential to a healthy life;
  • Provide opportunities to establish a community of age-mates;
  • Experience a wider world than home and immediate neighborhood;
  • Provide an environment that encourages best possible start in life.

Social Skills

  • Becoming a member of a group
  • Learning how to “be a good friend”
  • Independence
  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Verbal expression of feelings
  • Learning about the rules of our school

Cultural and Diversity Awareness

  • Learning about families
  • Learning about people’s differences
  • Learning about other traditions and customs
  • Learning about celebrations

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

  • Exposure to art supplies and manipulative tools
  • Exposure to tactile (touch) materials and blocks
  • Climbing, jumping, running, balancing (large muscles)

Music Skills

  • Learning about sound and tones
  • Singing songs
  • Instrumentation
  • Dance and creative movement

Math Skills

  • Manipulating and sorting materials
  • Understanding size, color, shape, and weight of objects
  • Counting and number recognition
  • Simple patterns, sequences, matching, and opposites

Language/Art Skills

  • Learning about books and reading stories
  • Learning about words, meanings, and objects
  • Writing and creative skills, letter recognition
  • Sharing ideas through circle time, drama, storytelling, puppet theater

Science Skills

  • Learning through five senses
  • Learning about seasons, weather, insects, animals, etc.
  • Growing things and environmental awareness
  • Good nutrition and healthy eating habits

Physical Development

  • Build body awareness, strength, stability, and coordination