EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Early Childhood department is designed for children three, four, and five years of age. The emphasis for three and four years old is to make the transition from home to school, as smooth as possible and to learn through play to develop skills, attitudes, and concepts. The five years olds (Kindergarten) enjoy a more structured program which includes alphabet skills, math, pre-reading, and writing activities.

1. APPROACHES TO LEARNING

1A) DEVELOPS POSITIVE APPROACHES TO LEARNING

  1. Shows curiosity
  2. Takes initiative
  3. Exhibits confidence
  4. Exhibits creativity
  5. Displays persistence
  6. Uses problem-solving skills

2. SOCIAL SKILLS

2A) DEVELOPS SELF AWARENESS

  1. Demonstrates personal preferences
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of personal information
  3. Demonstrates emotional well-being
  4. Develops appropriate trust in adults

2B) DEVELOPS SELF REGULATION

  1. Follows transitions and daily routines
  2. Follows simple rules
  3. Expresses feelings through appropriate gestures, actions, and language
  4. Demonstrates personal responsibility for self and possessions
  5. Follows self-selected plans for play.
  6. Demonstrates respect for classroom property

2C) BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEERS

  1. Recognizes feelings of others and responds appropriately
  2. Engages in interactive play
  3. Formsfriendships
  4. Resolvesconflict

2D) COOPERATES AND COLLABORATES AS A MEMBER OF A LEARNING COMMUNITY

  1. Recognizes and accepts individual differences
  2. Participates as a member of a group/activity
  3. Uses social conventions
  4. Negotiates with others to change rules and suggests new rules

3. GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

3A) INCREASINGLY DEVELOPS AND REFINES GROSS MOTOR LOCOMOTOR SKILLS

  1. Hops
  2. Runs with ease/direction

3B) INCREASINGLY DEVELOPS AND REFINES GROSS MOTOR BALANCE AND ROTATION SKILLS

  1. Jumps
  2. Balances walking forward on a balance beam/line

3C) INCREASINGLY DEVELOPS AND REFINES GROSS MOTOR MANIPULATIVE SKILLS

  1. Kicks a ball
  2. Aims/throws objects at target
  3. Catches objects

4. FINE MOTOR SKILLS

4A) INCREASINGLY DEVELOPS AND REFINES FINE MOTOR SKILLS

  1. Increases strength and dexterity for upper extremities
  2. Uses small manipulatives wit increasing strength and dexterity
  3. Develops scissor skills
  4. Develops pencil grasp
  5. Draws/writes with increasing control

5. LANGUAGE/LITERACY

5A) LISTENS FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES (RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE)

  1. Listens while others speak
  2. Follows directions
  3. Listens to and engages in conversations with others

5B) USES LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS (EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE)

  1. Communicates in home language
  2. Uses language to pretend or create
  3. Communicates conversationally with peers and adults
  4. Asks/answers questions
  5. Acquires new vocabulary

5C) DISCRIMINATES SOUNDS IN SPEECH (PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS)

  1. Distinguishes sounds in the environment
  2. Repeats rhymes, simple songs, poems, and finger plays
  3. Participates in word games
  4. Discriminates some sounds in words
  5. Responds to music in a variety of ways

5D) USES WRITTEN LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE

  1. Explores writing, using different forms
  2. Uses drawing and writing to communicate

5E) DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF BOOKS AND PRINT

  1. Develops knowledge about books
  2. Develops knowledge about letter sounds and names
  3. Develops a sense of story

6. REPRESENTATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

USES REPRESENTATION IN A VARIETY OF WAYS

  1. Represents using pretend play
  2. Represents feelings and ideas through art and construction
  3. Represents feelings and ideas through music
  4. Represents feelings and ideas through movement

7. MATHEMATICS

7A) DEVELOPS NUMBER SENSE AND NUMERICAL OPERATIONS

  1. Develops counting concepts and skills
  2. Develops relationships between number and quantity
  3. Develops numerical representation
  4. Develops informal addition and subtraction concepts and skills

7B) DEVELOPS UNDERSTANDING OF GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL SENSE

  1. Explores shapes and their uses in the environment
  2. Investigates position and location
  3. Solves spatial problems in everyday situations

7C) DEVELOPS UNDERSTANDING OF RELATIONSHIPS AND PATTERNS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

  1. Matches, sorts, and regroups by 1 or more attributes
  2. Orders/arranges in a sequence
  3. Explorespatterns

7D) EXPLORES MEASUREMENT

  1. Makes comparisons of objects, quantities, and relationships
  2. Uses measurement in meaningful ways

7E) EXPLORES DATA

  1. Collects, organizes and interprets data
  2. Represents data in a variety of ways

8. SCIENTIFIC PROCESSES

8A) DEVELOPS AND APPLIES ‘SCIENCING’ PROCESSES TO LEARN ABOUT PHYSICAL, NATURAL, AND LIFE SCIENCES IN THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT.

  1. Develops interest in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
  2. Explores in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
  3. Investigates in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
  4. Collects, organizes and communicates findings.

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