KidReadingCognitive Development

Storytelling increases a child’s understanding and enjoyment of language and the printed word.  The objective is to stimulate imagination and encourage creativity.  It also helps develop oral communication skills, and strengthens listening and pre-reading skills.  Storytelling can be approached in a number of ways,  including the use of flannel boards, props, starters and books.

Each room has a Book Corner.  We provide daily opportunities to encourage enthusiasm and a love for books as the children embark on their reading journey.  Spending time in books helps increase language, vocabulary and spelling skills, and matching information with real life experience.

The High Scope curriculum comes from two sources: children’s interests and the key experiences, which are lists of observable learning behaviors. Basing a curriculum in part on children’s interests is very constructivist and implements the philosophies of Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky (Jul 20, 2010). High Scope incorporates a Plan Do Review approach to centers. The children learn to plan what they will be doing, go and do it, and then review how it went.

Treasures is Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s comprehensive reading/language arts program that offers proven tools and strategies for helping teachers give the children what they need to succeed.  High-quality literature, coupled with explicit instruction and ample practice, insures that all children have what they need to learn and grow as lifelong readers and writers.  Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes use this program.

Writing is a valuable part of literacy development and is available to children on a daily basis.  Given opportunities and various materials, children begin to experiment with writing on their own, as they being to understand the importance of letters, signs, and symbols.  Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes spend time practicing their writing by keeping journals.

Math concepts are best learned using manipulative materials which motivate children to explore concepts that include counting, classifying, patterning, measuring, sequencing, estimating, graphing, sorting, comparing, and one-to-one correspondence.  Activities are hands-on, and children are free to explore and study with minimal interruption.  Singapore Math is taught in our Kindergarten class and is a comprehensive, activity-based program designed to provide children with a strong foundation.  This program aims to equip young children with mathematical thinking skills.  Mathematical concepts are developed in systematic, engaging, and fun ways with hands-on tasks, meaningful activities, and attractive illustrations.

Children are full of questions and are naturally curious.  We incorporate Science into our curriculum on a weekly basis.  It is important to encourage opportunities to explore and discover the world around them.  Some of the things we explore include recycling, animal’s habitats, our environment, and floating and sinking.  Our Kindergarten science curriculum focuses on the five senses, trees and wood.