Early Childhood Curriculum
Students in the toddler program are exposed to a literature-rich environment including books, songs, fingerplays, and nursery rhymes. Students practice fine motor skills using a multitude of tools and activities to foster pre-writing skills.
Toddler and Early Learner students discover a basic understanding of the purpose of the Library. They are encouraged to come in and listen quietly to stories and to participate in various language activities. The students’ time in the Library should be an extension of their early literacy development. They will learn to choose books to take and enjoy at home with their families.
Preschool and Prekindergarten students will learn to take responsibility for the books they check out from the Library. They will learn to choose books to take and enjoy at home with their families. They also enjoy listening to stories in Library class and choosing books to look at and read independently on the Reading Rug. They will learn about the elements of a story, how to make predictions about events in the story, and how to identify parts of a book. Their time in the Library should be an extension of their overall literacy development.
In the toddler program, students use a variety of manipulatives to learn mathematic concepts. They practice counting, matching one to one, and sorting objects by one or more attributes. Toddlers use manipulation and trial and error to fit objects together and explore shapes.
The Early Childhood curriculum focuses on creative movement and play, hands-on learning with instruments, the basic elements of music, and developing a beginning appreciation of music. All Early Childhood students participate in small performance events held in the classroom, and in larger performances throughout the school year, including a “Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day” and a winter musical.
Early Childhood students are introduced to sports by receiving a basic overview of the rules of the game while participating in drills to help develop the basic athletic skills needed to participate in organized sports. Early Childhood students participate in many additional activities to improve their motor and manipulative skills which include many jumping, balancing, running, throwing, and catching activities.
Many of our thematic units are based on plant and animal science, weather concepts, and physical science concepts. Toddlers explore their environment in and outside the classroom using their five senses. We provide a variety of sensory activities to facilitate this learning.
Toddlers are introduced to the concept of self, as well as family and friends and occupations in the community. They learn about basic occupations, modes of transportation, and the basic concept of home and school.
Technology is a tool that can change the nature of learning for our Early Childhood students. Technology is primarily taught through the use of iPads in all Early Childhood classrooms. iPad integration is carried out through small group as well as independent, individual use in classroom centers. Selected apps provide instruction to support and integrate with grade level curriculum. The independent nature of iPads allows for students to reinforce and expand knowledge based on each child’s unique needs.
Students in the toddler program are learning to socialize and interact with peers and teachers. They work on being part of a group and looking to teachers for help. Toddlers practice sitting to eat and other basic table manners, as well as working, playing, and solving simple conflicts with peers.