We are proud to say that in addition to our center themes and planned units, our curriculum also consists of resources created by national leading educational publishers, some of which includes:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publisher
Handwriting Without Tears *coming Fall 2018
Coming in Fall 2018: Handwriting Without Tears - The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. Children who master handwriting are better, more creative writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school, and write with speed and ease in all subjects. We use fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill.
BOB's Books Leveled Reading - Bob Books is an early reading program that meets
children where they are on the very beginning stages of literacy. Letters and concepts
are introduced slowly and in a way that kids can understand, with plenty of repetition
and opportunity for success. Bob Books are sequential, so once a child has mastered
all of the books in a set, they move on to the next set. By the time the child has
mastered all of the sets, s/he will have built a strong foundation upon which to build
more advanced curriculum.
Field Trips - Field trips will be used to enhance the children's learning, while giving them experiences to learn outside of the center and connecting what they are learning in care to the world around them. Field trips include: walking field trips, nature walks, visits to the zoo, Betty Brinn, local farms, apple orchards, pumpkin farms, the Post Office, library, and even visits from the Fire Department and Police Department
'Kindergarten Readiness' Learning Centers - All of our classrooms from the youngest up are set up into learning centers, which provide our students with kindergarten readiness opportunities while promoting hands-on and cooperative learning, social interaction and problem solving. We observe the children and assess their learning throughout their time with our center. As your child grows and learns, what is taught becomes more challenging to ensure they are expanding their knowledge.
By the end of 4k your child will have had the opportunity to practice the following skills:
*Recognize, identify, and write upper and lowercase letters
*Recognize and write own name
*Practice learning address and phone number
*Beginning learning to tie shoes
*Draw picture to express ideas
*Letter-sound correspondences, either by sound to letter or letter to sound
*Read common high-frequency words by sight
*Demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
*Recognize and produce rhyming words
*Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
*Practice fine motor skills (writing, cutting, puzzles, lacing beads, etc..)
*Copying, extending, and creating patterns
*Recognizes/points to/identifies shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, heart, oval, diamond, clover, crescent, star, octagon, pentagon, hexagon)
*Count with one-to-one correspondence
*Counting to 100
*Sort items by one or more attributes
*Identify, either verbally or by pointing to, the basic colors (black, blue, brown, green, orange, red, purple, yellow, pink, white, gray), in addition to learning about mixing colors to make other colors
*Recognize and respond to other people's feelings
*Use words, not physical action, to express emotions such as anger or disappointment
*Express creativity through a variety of means; art, music, language, writing, etc..
Along with many other kindergarten readiness skills will be practiced as well
Music - All of our classrooms enjoy the enriched music and movement activities in our curriculum. These enjoyable activities include rhythm stick activities, Musical Scarves and Activities, singing and dancing, and an abundance of musical instruments.
Physical Fitness - To support your toddler and preschooler's large motor development and kinesthetic learning, Playful Hearts Childcares playgrounds include lots of space where children can explore and exercise their imagination through discovery! Along with outside play activities, classrooms also promote large motor development through engaging activities including Yoga for Kids, Cool Aerobics, Bean Bag Activities and Coordination Skills, tents and tunnels, obstacle courses, parachute games, ribbon dancing and much more.
Scholastic Leveled Reading - Scholastic Little Leveled Readers offers a beginning reading
experience. It is a step-by-step, book-by-book program that guides children through
the early stages of reading. Each book, carefully evaluated by a reading specialist to
correlate with the Guided Reading Levels, is leveled to address the early stages of a child's
reading development. Inside each of the 4 leveled box sets, there are find 75 storybooks
(5 copies of 15 titles) on topics children love, which makes them perfect for group learning.
Proving the fun, loving, educational care your child deserves!
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