Education & Curriculum

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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on approved lesson plans developmentally appropriate for each age group. We cater our lessons according to children’s age groups as well as individual needs.

We built each age group’s curriculum around Language/Cognitive Activities, Radical Routines, Sensory Exploration, Art Options, Outdoor Learning, Gross & Fine Motor and Social/Emotional Learning Activities.

We believe children learn through experience and their surrounding environment; therefore, we enrich their overall experience with practical life activities, in class work activities, field trips and environment perception through play.

Check Out Each Age Group’s Curriculum Below:

Infants are so inquisitive, which is when they first begin to develop their senses. Our infant room is filled with items to encourage sensory development. Here they will enjoy listening to soft music, playing with soft, plush toys, and toys that light up and make sounds. There are baskets of books, both soft and board books, to explore, toys for pretend play, and musical instruments to encourage their curiosity.

We strive to creative continuity between home and our centers. We work closely with our parents to use familiar comforts and routines from home at the centers creating a feeling of trust and security for our infants.

Our infant curriculum includes:

  • Radical Routines including music, movements, and finger plays, such as making the finger movements of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” as we sing it.
  • Language/Cognitive including singing songs, reading stories and pointing out pictures as we say the words, encouraging the older ones to say the words with us.
  • Fine Motor using toys such as textures rattles and teethers and encouraging the younger ones to hold them. Teachers sit on the floor with the older ones and play with blocks with them, encouraging them to touch and play with them.
  • Gross Motor including softly bouncing smaller ones on our knees to the beat of music, tummy time to aid in developing back and neck muscle strength, encouraging babies to crawl or scoot, and encouraging the older ones to pull themselves up to a standing position using toys and words of encouragement.
  • Social/Emotional development using pictures of the children laminated on the floor and in books so that the children can see pictures of themselves and their friends.
  • Sensory Exploration using items with different textures and helping them to feel the difference while talking about them.
  • Art Options such as finger-painting with vanilla pudding.
  • Outdoor Learning such as taking a walk outside.
Toddlers are such a fun age group. Their personalities are becoming stronger and they are curious about everything. They enjoy being active and figuring things out on their own. Our toddler rooms encourage this inquisitiveness with learning centers designed to enhance those skills.

There are centers for reading, pretend play, dress up, toys to encourage imaginative play, and creative art.

Our toddler curriculum includes:

  • Radical Routines including music, movements, and finger plays, such as singing a song and acting it out. For example, singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and doing the movements as they sing.
  • Language/Cognitive including cutting out shapes out of felt and encouraging the children to make things from them on a flannel board.
  • Fine Motor including making lacing cards for them to practice lacing a shoelace through the holes.
  • Gross Motor including playing with balls of different sizes and playing toss.
  • Social/Emotional including teaching them to share by making a game. Have the children sit in a circle. Using a stuffed animal, have the children take turns giving the animal a hug and then passing it to the person next to them for their turn to hug the animal.
  • Sensory Exploration including using several items of the same color, place them all on a sensory table and allow them to touch all of the textures and reinforce that all of the different things that are all the specific color.
  • Art Options such as finger-painting on the table and carefully pressing construction paper on the artwork, when they are finished, to take home.
  • Outdoor Learning such as playing and creating in a sandbox.
Preschool age children are so eager to learn anything we will teach them. Their minds are learning new skills on a daily basis. Our classrooms help foster an environment of learning in a fun and educational way.

Our preschool classrooms offer reading centers, play centers encouraging imaginative play, creative art centers, and a circle time center for daily reiterations of letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and days of the week.

Our preschool curriculum includes:

  • Morning Group
    o Radical Morning Routines – including talking about the weather, upcoming events, and assigning jobs to the children.
    o Theme Talk – including signing a song about a topic you discussed during Radical Morning Routines, the theme of the day.
    o Character Education – choosing a character, such as patience, to discuss and act out.
  • Large Group including choosing an item such as ice. Have the children all share their experiences with ice, touching it and discussing the feeling of cold, then naming other things that are cold.
  • Small Group including making frozen pops by pouring juice into molds and freezing them for snack later. We encourage them to use words such as cold, freezing, melting, etc.
  • Language including learning the different sounds in words by reading a poem using the letter “S”, for example, repeatedly throughout the poem.
  • Creative Arts including having each child make and decorate their own, unique, snowflake to hang in the classroom.
  • Science/Sensory including growing a crystal garden in class, to be observed each day as it grows.
  • Dramatic Play including making an igloo out of a box and encouraging the children to paint it into their own special igloo for their class.
  • Math/Manipulative including using file folders with Popsicle sticks glued to the folder. Each stick has a number of colored dots on it. With the teachers’ help, the children match a Popsicle, cut out of construction paper with a number written on it to the stick, with the stick with the matching amount of dots.
  • Music/Movement including having the children listen to music and pretend they are melting like snowmen.
  • Outdoor Learning including playing “Follow the Leader” outside and leading the children to float like snowflakes.
Our kindergarten teachers offer a more enhanced and progressive program to that of public school. The first grade teachers at our feeder schools have expressed to Small World how much further advanced the children that have come from our private kindergarten are verses those of the typical public kindergarten. Our teacher to student ratio is so much smaller than that of a public school, allowing more one on one time with each student.

We highly encourage parents’ involvement in your child’s learning. We hold parent teacher conferences twice a year to ensure that our parents know how their child is progressing. Every student that graduates from our Kindergarten program is able to read, count to 100, add and subtract numbers 0-10, and count money, among many other things.

Our kindergarten curriculum includes:

  • Morning Group
    o Circle Time – including recognizing numbers 0-30, counting to 100, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, color words and number words by sight, spelling and recognizing first and last names of the class, telling time, blending sounds, and beginning and ending sounds.
    o Coming Up – discussing new skills that we will be learning that day and week.
    o Theme Talk – introducing the new theme we’ll be learning about.
    o Character Education – choosing a character, such as patience, to discuss and act out.
  • Large Group including playing the “hot and cold” game, where they hide an item and then give hot and cold clues to find it.
  • One on One including pulling the children aside one at a time to work with the child in a specific area to ensure proper understanding of the skills currently being taught.
  • Language including learning the different sounds in words by using things in their every day that include a specific letter. They all have a chance to discuss the items and give examples of items with the letter in them.
  • Creative Arts including having each child make an umbrella out of cupcake papers and pipe cleaners, using cotton balls for the clouds, and then hanging then around their classroom.
  • Science/Sensory including placing a raw egg in vinegar. The vinegar eats the shell leaving the yolk in the membrane for them to see. After they all have a chance to see and touch it, they get to pop it.
  • Dramatic Play including making fish from paper, rolled and cut with fins sticking out. They make fishing poles and then go fishing on a blue round rug in the classroom.
  • Math/Manipulative including using rulers to measure two items and then deciding which one is greater (or less) in size.
  • Music/Movement including allowing the children to make up their own lyrics to the songs while learning rhyming words or playing musical chairs.
  • Outdoor Learning including watching the clouds after learning about clouds in the classroom.

Our Curriculum is Designed Around Four Crucial Foundations to
Help Develop the Growth of Every Aspect of Every Child.

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