Our Curriculum 

Many ideas and phrases in our curriculum and in our listing of Areas and Activities are taken directly from The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood by Diane Trister Lodge.  Our curriculum follows a thematic model.  In addition, several other teaching materials and resources are incorporated in order to further enhance the classroom and to maintain a developmentally appropriate, natural learning environment.
Goals and Objectives

All aspects of the child's developmental growth will be cultivated: socio-emotional, physical, cognitive and keeping in mind that each child will develop at his/her own pace. Below are some of our goals and objectives for the children at Busy Beach Day Care.

Socio-emotional growth
  • Positive Self Concept: Identifying self as a member or a specific family and cutlural group; demonstrating confidence in growing abilities

  • Positive outlook on life

  • Pro-social/coopertive behavior: acceptance of responsibility for maintaining the classroom environment; sharing and taking turns; respecting the rights of others

Physical growth
  • Enhance large muscle skills, using increasing control while walking, running, jumping, balancing, throwing, catching, and climbing

  • Enhance small muscle skills, using increasing control while assembling puzzles, stringing beads, using scissors, coloring with crayons, markers, or paint brushes, zippering, buttoning, and using utensils

  • Using all senses to increase physical capabilities

Cognitive
  • Develop a positive attitude towards learning through discovery and risk-taking, as well as peserverance with a task after making a mistake

  • Enhance learning skills by asking questions, exploration, and investigation of new materials

  • Expand logical thinking through sorting and classifying common objects and identifying solutions to problems

  • Acquiring new concepts

  • Expanding verbal communication skills

  • Acquiring beginning written communication skills

Themes

We follow a thematic model, in which each month a center-wide theme is followed by all classrooms. Children are immersed in a subject based on their interests to provide a multi-disciplinary learning approach.

A monthly center wide theme will be followed by each classroom.  Weekly developmental plans are crated by the teachers and are reviewed by the Directors prior to its implementation.  Activity plans are posted in the classroom for parent viewing.  A different letter, color, number and shape is part of the theme curriculum and is focused on throughout the month.  These themes may change from year to year depending on the children's interest.  At the beginning of the school year an annual thematic unit will be circulated to the families so that they may know what their children are focusing on every month.

Areas & Activities

Learning areas are strategically designed throughout the classroom to engage children’s curiosity and interest to create a natural learning environment. 

Each area of play and each activity are designed to incorporate several objectives of learning.  The children will play in the areas that interest them and learn the skills for which they are developmentally prepared.  Throughout the year each child will then build upon the individual skills they have already acquired in that area.

Below is a list of some areas and actives with a small index of skills we expect most children to accumulate.  Some children will pick them up faster than others.  Our philosophy maintains that each child will grow at their own pace and no child will be forced to learn a skill for which they are not ready.  The skills include, but are not limited to the following:

Block Area

  • Problem-solving; understanding of concepts such as gravity, inclined planes and balance; perseverance; math and reading readiness skills; and creativity

  • Independence, cooperation, pride in accomplishments, respect of materials

  • Eye-hand coordination, small muscle ability, visual discrimination

Pretend Area

  • Planning skills, problem-solving, language skills, classification, creativity, application of knowledge of situations

  • Refine social skills, self-understanding, cooperation, positive self-image building

Table Toys/Manipulatives

  • Learn concepts of color, size, and shape; classify and sequence; number concepts; matching; and pairing skills

  • Cooperation, self-discipline, perseverance in completion of a task, self esteem

  • Fine motor coordination, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, reading readiness

Arts & Crafts

  • Creativity: cause and effect; recognition of colors, shapes, and textures; self expression; planning, organizing, and carrying out a task

  • Enhance individuality, pride in accomplishments, expression of feelings

  • Small motor skills, eye-hand coordination

 

Library

  • Develop a love of books; foster creativity and imagination; cause and effect; sequence; vocabulary building; foundation for reaching and writing

  • Dealing with fears and difficulties as well as pleasurable life experiences; social skills; empathy;social roles and family relationships; self esteem

Math/Science

  • Encourage exploration of the world and develop an appreciation for their environment

  • Create opportunities to investigate living materials and objects.  Provide opportunities to observe, measure and make predications

  • Encourage problem solving through various activities.  Gain awareness of addition and subtractions concepts and the comparing and contracting of groups

  • Develop the understanding and use of descriptive language such as more/less, big/little, over/under, etc. in its correct context

Computers

  • Develop an appreciation of technical science and the use of computers

  • Enhance eye to hand coordination and small motor skills

  • Learning opportunities for literacy, math and science activities in various pre-school software applications designed to be "fun" and "engaging" to very young children
     

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