For our three and four-year-olds, our school uses the research-based and proven “Early Literacy & Learning Module” (ELLM) curriculum. This approach helps individualize learning to fit the natural development of your child.
One of the strengths of ELLM is the emphasis on responsibility, good citizenship and friendship. We put an emphasis on practicing good manners in our classrooms and on the playground. In addition, children in this age group benefit from the activities we plan to help develop gross motor skills.
Our two spacious playgrounds are very much a part of your child’s early development, as they help stimulate their imagination and offer continued physical development and coordination. Weather permitting, children spend time on the playgrounds at least twice a day.
Our approach is always child-centered. Teachers in this classroom will initiate an idea, and allow the children to create their own learning experience based on what they already know and what they want to learn. We desire to provide children with the best, most enjoyable, most productive preschool education, which is accomplished through the following:
- Introduction of a letter, number, word, color, theme, concept and skill each week
- Beginning reading skills – upper & lowercase experiences, phonics, sight words, word walls, sentence structure
- Emergent writing skills – scribbling, drawing
- Continued development of small muscles – beginner use of scissors under supervision
- Concepts of print introduction – how to open a book, where to start reading, left to right progression, use of capital letters, author, illustrator, letters in words, words in sentences and sentence structure.
- Books – Children will be read to frequently throughout each day in order to expand their knowledge on our themes. A variety of reading materials will be used (fantasy, factual, multicultural, diverse ability, poetry). Additionally books will be accessible at all times for children to read at their leisure.
- Science – Natural items, magnifying glasses, scales, magnets, color viewers, thermometers, living items.
- Math – Manipulative s are available to foster discovery of size, shape and color. Math activities will begin developing such concepts as repetition counting, one to one correspondence, comparison of amounts and sizes, classification, sorting, grouping, matching, sequencing, ordering, volume, dimensions and time.
- Creative expression – Dramatic play center, art center, block center, music and movement, puppets and flannel board stories.
- Continued development of large muscles – climbing, hopping, skipping, galloping, marching, riding toys with and without pedals, push-pull toys, sliding, manipulating balls, and swinging.
- Social and Personal Skills – Playing cooperatively with others, turn taking, listening and expressing ideas, stating their name, age and address, demonstrating self-help skills, showing confidence, controlling behavior and demonstrating pride in own work.