Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum follows the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education


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CURRICULUM

Our curriculum encourages learning through play, using a variety of activities and techniques to reach particular goals.

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for the whole child; it combines

physical, emotional, social, and cognitive learning through an integrated approach. Each of

these domains is interconnected and impacts the others.

Children learn by doing. Through active involvement with their environment, children

attempt to make sense of the world around them. They learn by exploring their environment

through hands-on experience. Teaching young children is a creative process. An early

childhood curriculum provides the framework for what actually happens in a planned

environment where children interact with materials, peers, and adults. The primary teaching

goal is to help young children use the environment productively and see themselves as

capable learners. They will acquire the skills and abilities needed for a lifetime of learning

through carefully planned, developmentally appropriate activities arranged by the teachers.

When a learning environment encourages exploration and discovery, children develop a

sense of trust and belonging. They feel important and valued when others listen to them, seek

out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves. This type of environment is considered

hands-on or learning through play.

Children in our classrooms are encouraged to discover things on their own. They learn by

exploring the actual objects we talk about. The teachers inspire the children by asking open-

ended questions and finding new ways to teach new things within the subject area.


Classroom Management/Curriculum

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are weekly lists of activities and goals that make up the curriculum as a whole.

Lesson plans can be created by the Director, Assistant Director, or individual classroom

teachers.

Lesson plans should be completed the week prior to implementation. A lesson plan dictates

the week's events at a glance. A lesson plan should cover every subject area. Each area

should have a new item added every week to teach the classroom objective(s).

Please refer to the Curriculum Development Guide for more information about how to create lesson plans and

develop a curriculum for your classroom.

Other Activities

Outside Play

The play yard is meant to be an extension of our classroom. The items that are in the

classroom are items that can be adapted for outside use. For instance: the easel. Typically, an

easel is set up in the classroom, but outside it becomes different experience for the children.

The same goes for the discovery table, dress up, dramatic play, blocks, science, etc. Outside

we also play games and, best of all, we get to do lots of things that are unacceptable inside,

like yelling and running.

Gross Motor Play

Gross motor play develops and builds large motor skills (walking, crawling, running,

jumping, climbing, etc.). Children develop these skills outside while using the play

equipment, running, taking walks, and inside by exercising, climbing on the soft blocks, and

climbing in the ball pit. These skills are important in many ways. The children develop large

muscle movements that ultimately translate into beginning writing skills. Children grow from

the trunk of their bodies out to their fingers. They need to master large movements before

they can master the small ones. Teachers can facilitate play by planning games and exercises.

Small Group Activities

Teachers take groups of 2-3 children to work on projects or do assessments. The children get

more individual attention in the small group.

Large Group Activities

In large group activities the entire class participates in an activity. This allows the children to

use peer interaction to help one another with ideas. This is a great way to teach and use

cooperation skills. Older children who have mastered skills are usually willing to help the

younger ones. This helps to teach both of the children.

Circle Time

Circle time is a large group activity. During circle time, children learn about the days of the

week, the months, the weather (and weather predictions), the alphabet, and counting. The

children also find out their jobs of the day. The teacher generally reads a story at this time as

well.