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Curriculum Goals

Center Curriculum Goals 

 

Preschool Program Goals 

Program Focus:

        *Prepare each child for kindergarten

        *Develop academic and developmental skills

        *Develop visual and auditory discrimination skills

        *Build child’s self-awareness , self-esteem and self confidence

*To promote and instill a sense of caring for, and sensitivity towards others

*To provide children with opportunities to gain competence in a variety of skills and techniques that increase their interest and control over their environment

*To develop in the child an active curiosity about the world in which he/she lives, and an enthusiasm for learning which stimulates exploratory behavior and creativity

*To help the child gain self-discipline in an environment where he/she knows the limits and expectations

*To provide an atmosphere in the classroom which promotes respect for self, others, and materials

*To provide large portions of time where the child can be alone or with friends participating in a range of different and satisfying activities.

*To provide a wide variety of activities within a routine where cooperative play/work is encouraged and multiple skills are developed. Through these activities, children are learning to trust their own desires/decisions about what they will learn, hear, see and do and to begin sharing these experiences with others.

Program Goals:

Approaches to Learning:

*Children's thinking skills, including the development of logical and symbolic thinking, problem-solving skills, and approaches to learning.

*Children demonstrate positive attitudes habits and learning styles

*Follow directions

        *Develop listening and memory skills

        *Discover areas of eight learning domains

*Learn self-help skills – zippering, buttoning, and personal hygiene, etc

*Encourage the children to do tasks on their own

*Promote eye hand coordination, patience, waiting turns, etc.

*Give opportunities for hand washing, practicing proper meal manners

*Provide opportunities for pouring milk, juice, cereal; setting tables, preparing food, taste and smell comparisons, sharing

Social and Emotional Development:

* Children's feelings about themselves, the development of responsibility, and their ability to relate positively to others.

*Children demonstrate a strong and positive self-concept, appropriate self-control and growth in their awareness of their responsibilities when interacting with others *Develop skills in self-esteem, awareness and confidence

*Learn personal information – name, address, and telephone number

*Learn good manners

*Learn to get along with peers – functioning in a small or large group situation

*Enhance problem-solving and logical thinking skills

Language Development and Communication:

*Children's ability to communicate through words, both spoken and written.

*Children develop skills in listening and expressing their thoughts and ideas

*Develop pre-reading skills and vocabulary

        *Develop music skills – songs, finger-plays, instruments

*Recognize and recite the alphabet and numbers

        *Develop pre-writing skills

Literacy:

*Children develop skills in writing and reading while exploring print in books and in the environment

*Develop listening and memory skills, and use their imagination

*Teach the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, as children become interested

*Provide quiet areas and the opportunity for a child to: Learn to relax, appreciate and enjoy good books and enjoy being alone

Mathematics:

*Children develop ways to solve problems and to think about math

*Perform basic math

        *Recognize the concept of time

*Recognize numbers, counting items, sequencing

*Learn that counting is both meaningful and fun

*Understand the relationship between a numeral and a set of objects

*Understand such terms as big/little, more/less, etc

*Recognize and name basic geometric shapes

*Become aware of and begin to appreciate the practical uses of numbers seen around him/her every day, e.g. clocks, calendars, money, etc.

Science:

*Children understand and use the scientific method of asking questions, observing and recording their findings and discussing their conclusions.

*Develop an awareness of and respect for the natural environment

*Develop observation and discrimination skills

*Encourage a child's curiosity

*Encourage sorting and classifying skills on the basis of size, shape and texture

*Develop an awareness of their bodies

Creativity:

*Children enjoy, express themselves, create and learn about the arts through experiences with a variety of art forms and media.

*Provide opportunities for creativity and imagination

*Develop small and large muscle skills through cutting, pasting, gluing, painting,modeling, folding, lacing, 

*Develop color concepts

*Provide a release for positive and negative feelings

*Develop prewriting skills

*Encourage an appreciation for the arts

*Encourages children to learn musical tunes which they can sing and words

*Promotes enjoyment and appreciation for music

*Expresses freedom of movement and awareness of the body and space

*Provides exploration and familiarity with different musical instruments

Physical and Health Development:

*Children's gross and fine motor development

*Young children’s future health and well-being are directly related to strengthening their large and small muscles, using their sensory experiences and practicing healthy behavior.

*Develop small motor skills through cutting, coloring, drawing, puzzles, and painting

*Develop large motor skills through outdoor play and indoor exercise

*Fosters safety awareness

*Provides opportunities for role playing and sharing

*Increases social development and communication skills

 

Toddler Program Goals

Program Focus:

        *Develop child’s self-awareness and self-esteem

        *Introduce developmental activities

Program Goals:

Approaches to Learning/Cognitive Development:

*To learn about the world - sustains attention, understands how objects can be used, shows a beginning understanding of cause and effect, shows a beginning understanding that things can be grouped, uses problem solving strategies, engages in pretend play.

*To provide a nurturing, flexible and calm environment where physical affection is freely given, self- concept is enhanced, independence is encouraged and expectations are made clear

*To meet each child's physical needs while setting the stage for future independence in self-care. i.e. toilet teaching, putting on coats and shoes, etc.

*Reinforcing aspects of the routines, such as: snack time, lunch time, nap time, etc.

Social and Emotional Developmental:

*To learn about self and others - trusts known, caring adults, regulates own behavior, plays with other children, learns to be a member of a group, and uses personal care skills.

        *Share and take turns

        *Encourage awareness of others’ feelings

        *Learn to play with other children and cooperate

*To promote and instill a sense of caring for, and sensitivity towards others; foundations for respect are established

*To model acceptable behavior which is critical to the toddlers who are practicing and learning cooperative and group play

*Build self-esteem and tolerance

*Encourage self-help independence skills in eating, cleaning-up, and dressing

*Encourage child to indicate needs in socially acceptable way

*To build self-confidence and a sense of self-worth, by allowing choices within limits and to build on successful experiences

*To provide a warm, accepting environment in which children can work and play

*To encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder with an environment that is designed to limit the use of "no"

*Setting limits in such a way that the child learns self-regulation

*Using the methods of distraction, substitution, alternative activity or corrective guidance when necessary

*Encouraging the children to use words rather than pushing or hitting other children

* Helping children play well independently among a larger group of children

Language Development and Communication:

*To learn about communicating - develops receptive language, develops expressive language, participates in conversations, understands and uses words,

       *Encourage the use of words to express needs

       *Follow simple directions

       *Listen and respond to stories

       *If ready – speak in sentences

*Working with the older toddlers on learning the words and actions to the songs we sing: i.e. by singing to the children and encouraging them to sing along.

* Encouraging the toddlers to talk more by:
        using puppets, asking lots of questions (open-ended) and reading stories

Literacy:

*Develop listening and memory skills, and use their imagination

*Enjoy books and being read to

*Show an awareness of pictures and print

*Experiments with drawing and writing.

Mathematics:

*Identify objects and people

        *Sort and classify objects

        *If ready, identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters

Science:

*To provide experiences with open-ended questions and where process, not product is emphasized

*To provide an atmosphere where children discover and explore

*To instill a sense of curiosity

Creativity:

*To provide an atmosphere where children discover and explore

*Encourages children to learn musical tunes which they can sing and words

*Promotes enjoyment and appreciation for music

*Expresses freedom of movement and awareness of the body and space

*Provides exploration and familiarity with different musical instruments

*Children enjoy, express themselves, create and learn about the arts through experiences with a variety of art forms and media.

*Provide opportunities for creativity and imagination

*Develop small and large muscle skills through cutting, pasting, gluing, painting, modeling, folding, lacing

*Develop color concepts

*Provide a release for positive and negative feelings

Physical and Health Motor Skills:

*To learn about moving - demonstrates basic gross motor skills, demonstrates basic fine motor skills.

        *Develop large motor skills through outdoor play

        *Develop small motor skills through finger plays, coloring,  and eating

*Toilet training when ready

*Clean up after themselves

*Learn to put on shoes and clothing

*To provide a variety of active ways children can use their bodies to participate in fine and gross motor activities both indoors and outdoors

        *To encourage participation in simple games and songs