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Curriculum

The preschool curriculum at our child care center provides developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities to encourage your child to be confident, successful, and life-long learners. The early years are critical to your child's positive growth and development. During this time, they are eager to learn new skills, experience challenging opportunities, and be encouraged for their strengths and talents.

We ensure every child is receiving the creative learning experiences they require and that they are developing physically, intellectually, and socially. Our activities, games, and curriculum are all formulated to engage and your child's natural curiosity and provide a foundation for lifelong success. Preparing your child to succeed in school and in life is the core of our child care curriculum.

Curriculum: Each age group has established units of basic skills, which are age appropriate. Curriculum is planned for the week and parents will receive a calendar indicating the themes and concepts being worked on each month. Curriculum calendars will also be posted in each classroom along with the daily schedule.

The curriculum of each class encircles the vital objective of helping a child to develop a healthy self- image. A vast variety of experiences are planned in order that each child will have opportunities for success.

A to Z Child Care uses several areas in order to maximize learning. Research has proved that learning happens within many different phases of the child's development and requires learning through play or by utilizing specific strategies devised for maximum learning potential.

Below are examples of what children are expected to learn while enrolled at A to Z Learning Center and Child Care.

Art

  • Encourages self-expression
  • Fosters creativity
  • Assists motor development
  • Takes thinking and planning
  • Releases tension
  • Builds self-concept

Block areaBlock Area

  • Enhances motor development
  • Develops planning skills
  • Encourages creative thinking
  • Develops problem solving skills
  • Encourages orderliness
  • Develops language and math skills
  • Develops cooperative skills
  • Builds respect for others through cooperation
  • Develops eye-hand and fine motor coordination

Science

  • Builds problem solving skills
  • Encourages learning about the world
  • Sharpen the senses
  • Helps develop a natural curiosity
  • Develops understanding of self and others
  • Teaches skills for care of plants and animals
  • Forms a growing appreciation of life's order

Music

  • Encourages social development
  • Helps develop rhythm
  • Acts as an emotional release
  • Develops memory/retention/recall
  • Encourages participation/enjoyment and self expression
  • Develops listening skills
  • Encourages exploring with body movement
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Offers enrichment
  • Teaches care for instruments and records

Book/Literacy Area

  • Enhances vocabulary
  • Encourage discovery
  • Aids development of attitudes as shown by characters within the story
  • Fosters dramatic play
  • Develops listening skills
  • Encourages creative storytelling
  • Reinforces learning
  • Encourages use of imagination
  • Builds recall skills
  • Teaches sequencing left to right profession

Outdoor Play

  • Encourages problem solving
  • Encourages adaptability
  • Develops gross motor skills
  • Stimulates curiosity and learning
  • Releases emotional tension
  • Stimulates physical development and promotes mental and physical wellness
  • Builds social skills and encourages social interaction

Home Living Area

  • Encourages dramatic play/give child chance to try on roles
  • Gives child practice in cooperative play
  • Gives child chance to live out fantasies
  • Gives child opportunity to release emotions and tensions
  • Builds knowledge of community and home roles
  • Encourages new experiences
  • Helps child develop a sense of self
  • Clarifies new concepts
  • Builds self-help skills
  • Enhances vocabulary

Manipulative Toys & Puzzles

  • Develops eye/hand coordination
  • Builds problem solving skills
  • Develops self-image
  • Builds perseverance
  • Gives child sense of mastery
  • Builds pre-math skills

Infant -Toddler Routines & Daily Schedule (Sample)

Caring for infants requires individualized routines and schedules based upon the needs of each child. Typically, the younger the child, the more flexible the schedule must be. Care givers must also be responsive to the child's biological rhythms and interest.

Below are examples of the routines and experiences an infant might experience throughout the day.
Hellos and good-byes
Diapering and toileting
Eating and mealtime
Sleeping and nap time
Dressing
Playing with toys
Imitating and pretending
Enjoying stories and books
Enjoying music and movement
Creating art
Enjoying and exploring the outdoors

Characteristics of an appropriate schedule may include:
A schedule that is flexible and adaptable and is changed to meet the individual needs of the child
A schedule that is unhurried, allowing the child to enjoy daily routine experiences
A schedule allowing sufficient time for routines, play and transitions.
A schedule that balances active and quiet times
A schedule allowing children to play alone, with supervision
A schedule that allow children to experience small group of 2-3 children
A schedule allowing children in full day programs to go outside twice a day.

Skills and concepts: The following is a list of skills and concepts that are age appropriate and may be included in the curriculum.

2-Year Olds Schedule (Sample)

Numbers Introduce numbers 1-5 through games, songs, and hands on activities

Colors Introduce 8 basic colors: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black

Shapes 4 basic shapes: circle, square, triangle and rectangle through games
and puzzles.

Small Improve hand coordination through play using a variety of materials:
Motor Skills play dough, puzzles, finger plays and art.

Large Involve the children in activities such as running, hopping on two feet,
Motor Skills and climbing.

Language Improve language skills through play, listen and discuss stories, and
Arts become aware of general body parts.

Weather/ Introduce concepts of what we wear and why.
Seasons Introduce characteristics of weather, wind, rain, snow, and sun.

Art/Crafts Make simple crafts and participate in activities using a variety of materials.

3-Year Olds Schedule (Sample)

Numbers Begin to recognize numbers 1-10 and simple counting of objects.

Colors Begin to recognize and name 8 basic colors: red, blue, green, yellow, orange,
purple, brown, black

Shapes Begin to recognize and name 4 basic shapes: circle, square, triangle and
rectangle through games and puzzles.

Alphabet Begins to recognize and name upper case letters. Recognize his/her own name.

Small Improve eye-hand coordination with finger plays, cutting, painting, molding an
Motor Skills building.

Large Involve the children in activities such as running, jumping on one and two feet,
Motor Skills and climbing.

Language To speak and enunciate clearly for age, use "finger plays" recognize some
Arts upper and lower case letters, recognize own name, know "opposite", see "likeness" and "difference" in objects, know the meaning of the "est" words (longest, shortest), use manners, and know general and specific body parts.

Weather/ Know what we wear, seasonal characteristics of animals and how they live in various seasons. Know the days of the week and begin to know months of the year.

Art/Crafts Show originality and creativity by independently using a variety of colors and materials.

4 & 5-Year Olds Schedule (Sample)

Numbers Identify numbers1-20 by grouping into set, simple addition and subtraction,
and matching correct number to a set of objects.

Colors Identify ten 10 basic colors: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black, pink, and white.

Shapes Identify six basic shapes: circle, square, triangle and rectangle, oval and diamond through games and puzzles.

Alphabet Begins to recognize some letters of the alphabet, including upper and lower case and beginning phonics.

Small Master cutting with scissors, holding a pencil and crayon correctly, molding Motor Skills with clay/playdough, piecing together puzzles, tracing inside and outside of a stencil.

Large Master running, jumping, hopping on one and two feet, climbing, and skipping. Motor Skills (Skipping is not always possible until age 5 or 6).

Language To speak and enunciate clearly for age, use "finger plays" recognize and know
Arts some upper and lower case letters, recognize own first & last name, know "opposite", see "likeness" and "difference" in objects, know the meaning of the "est" words (longest, shortest), use manners, and know general and specific body parts

Weather/ Be aware of what we wear, seasonal characteristics of animals day of the week. Seasons as well as some months.

Art/Crafts To work in a group and individually with aid from the teacher using a variety of colors and materials.

Infants

Our infant area provides the highest quality care in an environment that is designed with the parent and child in mind. While in our care, the children are stimulated through music, exercise, outdoor blanket time, facial and verbal mimicking as well as lots of hugs and tickles.

Toddlers

At this age, children are meeting new challenges as fast as they come. Crawling, walking and eventually running are levels they accomplish in what seems like a blink of an eye. Children learn best if they are in a stimulating environment. Music, stories, outdoor play, and learning simplicities envelop much of the day. Our caregivers are dedicated in helping each child develop these skills through a trusting and loving relationship. A parental daily report is given to update each family on meal times, nap times, toilet training and all activities accomplished each day.

Preschoolers

A good preschool can make a difference in a child's future school years. A to Z Learning Center and Child Care offers individual programs for children to help them learn in an environment that is stress free and fun. Some learning centers our preschoolers explore are music, science, math, language arts and manipulative play.

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