Our program offers a balanced, integrated early childhood education. Each activity is designed, on an individual basis, to meet the child’s five areas of development: spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive and physical. The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in.
Play provides the foundation for academic or “school” learning. Play enables us to achieve the goals of our early childhood program. It is the work of young children. One of the most important goals of our curriculum is to encourage children to be active and creative, not afraid to try out their ideas or thoughts. We want to help children become independent, self-confident and to have a positive sense of themselves.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
- Spiritual – to know that Jesus loves all children and to learn how Jesus would want us to treat others through simple prayers and bible stories.
- 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.
Our curriculum includes the Happily Ever After reading program. Happily Ever After is a readiness curriculum designed to prepare children for reading instruction. It includes beautifully illustrated stories, lively discussions and a great variety of hands-on activities that delights children and fosters confidence as it systematically builds the skills they need to learn to read. We also offer Spanish and Computer Enrichment as extra-curriculur activities in the afternoons.
The activities we plan for the children, the organization of the classroom, their materials and schedules are all designed to give your child a successful start in school.
INFANTS & TODDLERS
Infants and toddlers learn by experiencing the environment through their senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching), by physically moving around, and through social interaction. The children are given ample opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and to experience feelings of autonomy and success.
Although a significant part of their development is learning and acquiring social skills, toddlers are not able to understand the concept of sharing. Age-appropriate toys are available at all times in order to encourage self-directed play and imagination. Simple art projects are introduced to toddlers, while songs, stories, and finger plays are recited often in each age group. Weather permitting, all toddlers and the older infants have daily outdoor playtime.
Two year olds are learning to produce language rapidly. They develop these language skills by actively participating with story books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories. Color recognition, shapes and counting are enhanced through these verbal activities.
Two year olds thrive on exploration and creativity. They enjoy fantasy, such as pretending toys are alive or using an empty box as a car. We provide time and space (indoor and outdoor) for gross motor activities (running, jumping, throwing), as well as manipulatives (puzzles, play dough, pegboard, string beads, scribbling) for fine motor development. Self-help skills (buttoning, zippering, snapping) are encouraged and worked on as interest is shown.
Three year olds are no longer toddlers but, at times, they will behave like toddlers and at other times, their language skills and motor skills will deceptively mimic the four year old. This is a distinct period of development with its own unique challenges and accomplishments. Three year olds are usually more cooperative than toddlers, but can easily revert back to toddler behavior when feeling tired or upset.
The Preschool Program and afternoon play periods are designed to encourage the development and practice of self-help skills (dressing, feeding, toileting and washing themselves, as well as picking up toys), fine motor skills (puzzles, pegboards, etc.) and language skills (through poems, rhymes, finger plays and musical activities). As they begin to form relationships with peers, they are given plenty of time to practice their socialization skills through indoor and outdoor play. Creative art is another avenue provided where self-expression and initiative are explored through various materials
This group is exposed to a variety of experiences and an increased opportunity for fine motor skills. Scissors, manipulatives and cooking are greatly enjoyed by the four year old. Attention span and memory skills begin to mature (through games of color recognition, object size and shape), as does the development of basic math concepts and problem solving skills. Four year olds learn through active participation with adults, other children and materials, while enjoying indoor and outdoor play.
Four year olds are learning to make choices through planned activities. Teacher prepared learning centers will include housekeeping, blocks, science, math, manipulatives, music and art. Through weekly activities, the four year olds are introduced to the alphabet, as well as an introduction to the Spanish language. Math concepts include patterning, sequencing, opposites, shapes, likes and differences, and counting. Other media, such as social studies, art, cooking, and computers, reflect the letter theme of the week.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Center offers the following activities as part of its extra-curricular activities in the afternoons.
Spanish – The Center has had spanish as part of its regular curriculum since 2007. A native spanish-speaking teacher teaches the 3’s and 4’s spanish in the afternoons four days a week.
Cyber Kids Academy – As an extra-curricular activity for those who enroll, Cyber Kids Academy comes to the Center. Preparing today’s kids with the technology skills they will need for tomorrow’s world. Children ages 2 – 5 enjoy innovative, hands-on computer adventures at their learning centers every week. A highly qualified teacher brings a multi-station computer lab and all the necessary supplies to ACC and create a dynamic learning experience for your child. Kids have fun as they EXPLORE the latest computer technology, BUILD confidence using valuable educational tools, CREATE exciting adventures that spark a “love for learning” and DEVELOP their own unique potential. We invite your child to join the fun and get a head-start learning valuable skills for education throughout the 21st century! Contact Cyber Kids Academy for more information.