Preschoolers’ development is not only about learning their alphabet and how to count from 1 to 10; it is also about the learning process of receiving information and knowing what to do with it. At Little Scholars we have developed a curriculum that allows your child to learn not only how to take in information but also how to use and build on that information. This is achieved by allowing children to learn and play simultaneously.
At this point children are beginning to recognize a relationship between cause and effect. Their language, communication, and speech are increasingly becoming more complete. Therefore, at Little Scholars, children are able to become “little reporters.” They are given opportunities to listen to a story and describe it in their own words, as well as give their own unique interpretation of what is happening in a particular story. If Harold can do it with a purple crayon, so can any child that comes into Little Scholars (Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson). They learn print words and “sight words.” Our curriculum is built on more than just memorization of the alphabet; it is also based on the acknowledgment that we live in a world where words are very important, and promoting the use of words in everyday life is Little Scholars’ reading goal.
Through the early years of life each child learns to walk, run, hop, and skip, and involving children in games and activities that promote gross motor skills is important to Little Scholars’ overall curriculum. As part of our morning schedule, children are engaged in a musical parade, moving and grooving to the beat and melody. Children are also given ample opportunity to work on fine motor skills through using safe scissors, gripping writing implements correctly, using fork and spoon to self-feed, buttoning and unbuttoning, doing and undoing straps, and building with blocks.
Little Scholars is a developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) learning center, and our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing each child with the age-appropriate life skills. Children will have all the practice they need to learn to tie their shoelaces, dress and undress appropriately, and distinguish between left and right limbs of their bodies. Transitions between activities and tasks are important at this stage.
Three-year-olds are full of curiosity. The focus of Little Scholars’ preschool program is to give each child the opportunity to learn through play and exploration at their own pace. Each day is filled with discoveries and activities that are age-appropriately designed to build on and expand already learned skills. Each child explores the world through science, math, reading, and art. Through books like Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, each child not only learns about sea life but also is able to create their own fish and learn about the rainbow.
At a toddler age, children can engage in pretend play, but due to their underdeveloped communication and social skills they often tend to keep to themselves. At Little Scholars we have incorporated both types of play and learning – individual and group – into our everyday curriculum. Each child is able to engage in group activities through circle-time learning and group play to further develop cooperative play and build on new experiences. At the same time, each child also has an opportunity to play by themselves in carefully designed and constructed environments, which include dramatic play, library, block, and math and puzzle areas. Little Scholars also promotes teaching appropriate behaviors in various settings, through reading and understanding of feeling and emotions and children’s needs to express themselves using books such as Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior Series), by Martine Agassi.