Our curriculum objectives include the State
of Nevada Pre-Kindergarten Standards for our Pre-Kindergarten classes and blend with our
overall program to provide experiences and materials that will help the children develop the
broad language and logical abilities that are the foundation for later academic learning, creative
thinking, and positive social interaction. We also strive to maintain the high standards for
learning as set forth by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Our daily themes are literacy-based. Each classroom’s schedules,
daily plans, and objectives are developed from the following modules:
- The Self-Concept Curriculum unfolds following
the development of the child in a natural, logical, and sequential process.
This model recognizes the child at the heart of the curriculum and takes into account the
types of experiences that will enhance the child’s development and what is relevant
to him or her.
- The Anti Bias Curriculum prepares children with
an early educational experience that teaches acceptance, respect, and cooperation for all peoples
in the classroom and in the community.
- The Creative Curriculum recognizes that the classroom
environment serves as an effective teaching tool. The environment also enhances both fine
and gross motor development through a range of challenging equipment and materials. Each
classroom includes the following learning stations: Domestic Play, Blocks, Manipulatives,
Library Science/Math, Sand and Water, Creative Arts, Language Arts (Oral Languages and Writing
Center) and Computer.
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting & Alphabet Introduction: Developmentally appropriate handwriting instruction, delivered in a consistent, ongoing manner, is a proven critical component of overall literacy development. This curriculum will:
- support early reading and writing development through print awareness and improved letter recognition,
- strengthen students' ability to self-regulate,
- encourage ongoing literacy growth to improve written communications, and
- reduce the need for handwriting-related intervention.
Homework on Wheels: Once a month all
pre-kindergarten children will roll home a backpack on wheels that will contain a book and directions
for activities that relate to the story. Parents/guardians will read the story to their child and
help them with the activity. This promotes quality time with parents and literacy learning
skills. The backpacks and activities are due the following preschool day.
|Goals of Our Curriculum
The most important goal of our early childhood
curriculum is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic
curriculum and daily lesson plans incorporate cognitive and social learning goals and objectives
and the state of Nevada’s Pre-K standards. The following areas of development are
included in the Child Center’s curriculum and daily lesson plans:
- Creative: Definitions include such concepts as originality,
imagination, divergent thinking (seeing things from a different perspective), and the
ability to create something new or to combine materials in novel, but meaningful ways.
- Cognitive: This is the process of mental or intellectual
development. This area helps children to acquire learning skills such as the ability
to solve problems, ask questions and to understand and use words to describe their ideas,
observations and feelings. Cognitive development allows children to learn and understand
the following skills and concepts: colors, numbers, shapes, one-on-one correspondence,
- Emotional: Children learn to internalize standards of
what is right and wrong. Children learn to convey fairness, consistency, respect
and empathy for others.
- Language: Children’s language develops from a
combination of inborn and environmental factors. Children’s language skills
develop through oral communication, listening activities, letter recognition, rhymes,
storytelling, social skills, sight vocabulary and writing skills.
- Physical: Through gross or large motor activities, children
can develop coordination, strength, large muscles, physical fitness, and social skills.
- Fine Motor Development: Small muscles are developed
through grasping, holding, cutting, and drawing.
- Gross Motor Development: Large muscles are developed
through outdoor play, creative movement, and specific physical education games.
- Social: Through acquiring social skills, children will
learn acceptance, respect, and cooperation in the classroom and in the community.
- Auditory and Visual Perception: Auditory discrimination
of sounds and words and visual recognition of shapes, letters, words, colors, etc