Programs

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Infant and Toddler Program

 

These days our children are expected to learn more at a younger age.  Childrens' minds are like sponges waiting to absorb any and all information we give them.  Why not start giving them a foundation for learning from the very beginning? The natural window for learning language opens at birth and begins to close at age four.  During that time period, it is natural for children to learn all areas of language.

 

Our Infant and Toddler programs have some of the same academic and cultural activities as our Preschool.  They include:  Art, Music,/Movement, Language and Math.

 

Since 2010, we introduced  a program called Your Baby Can Read.  This program includes special flash cards, books and videos that we use in our Infant and Toddler areas two times per day, which helps children begin to recognize words.

 

Because of this program our children are recognizing and speaking much earlier.  They love working with the specialized materials each day.

 

Why teach your baby or toddler to read?

 

1.  Reading is the most important skill your child will ever learn.

2.  Your child's brain develops faster during infancy than it does later in life.  

3.  Each child has only one natural window of opportunity for learning language.

4.  The long-term effects of early literacy are very positive.

 

Preschool Program

Art Curricular Goals:

Exploring the Elements of Design and Principles of Design

  • Line, straight, thick, thin, wavy parallel, diagonal

  • Color:  cool, warm, primary, secondary, complimentary

  • Value:  blending, dark, light, shade, tint, 

  • Space:  positive, negative, two-dimensional, three dimensional

  • Texture:  smooth, rough, soft, slick, velvety

  • Repetition:  pattern, rhythm

Experiencing Different Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Materials:  paper, crayons, paint, markers, pencils, clay

  • Techniques:  drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture

  • Processes:  papermaking, butik, paper-mache, weaving, mobile, mosaics

Understanding Art in Relation to History and Cultures

  • Students learn the history of art while studying various cultures:  Chinese Papermaking, Rome Fresco Painting, MesaVerde, Co., Anasazi Architecture. North American Indian cave drawings, Mexican Artist Diego Rivera murals.

  • Students identify works of art in particular cultures, times and places

    • Realism 1825-1870:  Audubon's Birds

    • Impressioinism 1850-1900:  Monet, VanGogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas

    • Fauvism:  Matisse (1869-1953)

    • Cubism:  Picasso (1881-1973)

    • Abstract Expressionism 1945-1960:  Jackson Prollock (1912-1956)

    • Pop Art 1945-1965:  Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Jasper Johns (1930-Present)

    • New Realism 1970's -Present:  Francisco Goya-Mexico (1746-1828)  Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

    • Female Artists:  Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students explore and understand the content for the works of art.

    • Language:  books, poems, songs, themes

    • Math:  shapes, designs, patterns

    • Social Studies:  cultures, are history

    • Science:  animals, environments, seasons

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate.

    • Subject:  transportation, portraits, family, landscape

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THE PRESCHOOL MUSIC/MOVEMENT CURRICULAR GOALS

 

Preschool Movement Program Goals in the Personal Growth Area

  • Strengthen the way children feel about themselves:

    • Develop positive self-images and self-esteem

    • Develop self-motivation to become independent learners who are confidently active.

  • Develop Social Skills:

    • Learn to share, cooperate and take turns.

    • Learn to play safely and talk kindly.

 

  • Develop joyful and purposeful play.

Preschool Movement Program Goals in the Academic Area

  • Learn how to communicate.

  • Learn basic rules and game play.

  • Learn to follow directions.

  • Learn to recognize objects, colors and shapes.

  • Learn about body awareness.

    • Identify body parts.

    • Identify movement concepts:

      • Effort (time, force, flow)

      • Space (self-space, general space, levels – high-low)

      • Relationships (0f body parts to objects – over, under, in front, behind)

Preschool Movement Program Goals in the Motor Area

  • Learn fundamental movement skills

    • Learn locomotor skills (walk, jump, gallop, hop, skip, leap).

    • Learn object control (throw, catch kick, strike, bounce)

    • Learn stability (static and dynamic balance)

  • Develop health-related physical fitness.

    • Develop cardiovascular endurance.

    • Develop muscular strength and endurance.

  • Movement to music using ribbons, scarves, balls, hoops and rhythm sticks

  • Choreographed and interpretive movements to music such as clapping to drumming and shaking.

  • Learn to use recreational equipment – tricycles, roller racers, scooters, and swings adapted as needed to increase mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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