Monthly Curriculum

Each month we will explore a different theme. The curriculum will be creative and developmentally appropriate. Monthly concepts will be discussed during circle times and will be incorporated into various learning centers. The alphabet will be presented weekly with exception of review weeks, beginning the third week of September. Children may be doing the “Action Alphabet” (i.e. flying around like airplanes, buzzing like bees, or crawling sideways like crabs) during movement-oriented circle times. The three-year-old classes will compile an “Alphabet Book”, which will be an ongoing project through out the year. The project will vary in styles only in the different classrooms. We may opt to include various methods in our annual yearbook.

Although math concepts are embraced through out the day they will be formally introduced on a bi-weekly basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even the cookie cutters used on these days are numbers, shapes and objects. We have a hands-on approach to science and math. In fact, we are “STEAMING AHEAD.”

“STEAMING AHEAD.”

*Science *Technology *Engineering *Art *Math *Inclusion *Nature *Gratitude

*Accountability *Humanity *Empathy *Accessibility *Dignity

Literature will be introduced using flannel stories, finger plays, and puppetry. “Story Book Theatre” is our way of providing children another perspective of a traditional or classic fairytale, and an opportunity to bring it to life. When children have become familiar with a book in English, we reintroduce it in Spanish, if available. We live in a very diverse community and it is not uncommon to have several languages spoken in the classroom. Language acquisition occurs much faster in early childhood than it does in later years. Within just a few months the comprehension and ability to articulate effectively in English is astounding for children who arrive to us barely able to communicate their needs.

Emergent curriculum is embraced and allows for child directed study. In simple terms, this means although we have outlined monthly themes, we do not ignore the interests of the children we embrace them. When a fascination develops or “emerges” towards a new subject we encourage further discussion and investigation. The love of learning is derived from validation of the children’s interests. Every moment is a “Teachable Moment” as we teach children about life, they teach us what life is about.

SEPTEMBER: All About Me, Health & Safety

Establish healthy boundaries in the classroom. List democratic class agreements begin with “Minding our Manners”, we will focus on using our hands for good things and saying kind words only. Introduction of self-reflection and understanding the choices we make. Discuss safety rules and regulations. Introduction of primary colors, shapes and the letter “A”.

OCTOBER: Fall/Feelings/Fire Safety/Five Senses

Explorings the senses! (touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.) This is done with a hands-on approach using the various learning centers in the classroom to reinforce the concepts. We will discuss eyes, ears, noses, hands, tongues, and identifying our “emotional” feelings. (Happy, sad, angry, surprised, embarrassed, etc.)

NOVEMBER: Fall/Farm Animals/ Thanksgiving

We will discuss animals that live on a farm. A petting zoo will come to the school for a hands-on experience! Giving thanks for all that we have and sharing with others. Community outreach project. Veteran’s Day. “Marie Callender’s” Pie fundraiser.

DECEMBER: Holidays

Discuss holidays we celebrate this month. (Chanukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa, etc.) We will prepare for “Holiday Show”, make holiday gifts. Sharing our family traditions.

JANUARY: Community Helpers/Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Who are the people in your neighborhood? We will explore various occupations. We will invite members of the community to talk to children about their jobs. (I.e. firemen, police officers, doctors, dentists, nurses, hairdressers, film makers, cooks, artists, scientists, etc.) We will celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and talk about fairness, equality, basic civil rights and why kindness matters. These topics, of course, will be discussed at an age appropriate level.

FEBRUARY: “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” / BLACK HISTORY”

We will share ways of expressing love and kindness We will briefly, and age appropriately discuss presidents Washington, Lincoln, and how they were called the “Founding Fathers” of our country. We will read about many great African Americans who made important contributions to society. (I.e. Garrett Morgan, he invented the first traffic signal and the gas mask; both inventions have saved millions of lives.) We may celebrate “Ground Hog Day” and discuss animals that hibernate. We will make Valentine’s Day gifts/cards and talk about how we can show people we love them. We will start preparing for Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

MARCH: Reading Rainbow/Transportation/Weather

We will discuss weather, and seasons. We will emphasize the joy of reading, and explore the world through books… We will have “Seussical Celebration”, a birthday party for Dr. Seuss! Green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day!

APRIL:            In our garden… life cycles!

We explore our garden and will continue to reduce, reuse and recycle. We will discuss how we can use our hands for helping our planet. We will observe the metamorphosis of butterflies, and ladybugs and reflect on how we grow and change. We will discuss Passover and the Seder dinner. We will have an Easter egg hunt.

MAY: Transportation/Mother’s Day/Movement/Memorable Moments

We will have a "Mother's & Others" celebration.

  • Dances from around the world.

  • Memorable Moments

  • Movement/Yoga "Just Breathe"

JUNE:    Ocean Life//Father’s Day/Summer Safety

We will have a “Fathers & Friends” celebration. We will discuss life in and around the ocean exploring sand and water play and their properties. We will celebrate summer with a “Beach Party”. The children will feel real seaweed, coral and ocean sponges. Children will search for shells while the sounds of the ocean are playing in the background

APRIL:            In our garden… life cycles!

We explore our garden and will continue to reduce, reuse and recycle. We will discuss how we can use our hands for helping our planet. We will observe the metamorphosis of butterflies, and ladybugs and reflect on how we grow and change. We will discuss Passover and the Seder dinner. We will have an Easter egg hunt.

“Fun in the Sun”

Summer Safety First

The summer program is ten weeks long and varies in themes year to year.

 

*Beach Party *Car Wash *Crafty Kids *Dance Craze *Dinosaur Days *Fashion Bugs *Gone Fishing *Luau *Mudworks *Music Around the World *Out of this World *Picnic on The Moon *Rainforest *Robotics *SHOWTIME *Sock Hop *Storybook Theater *Teddy Bear Picnic *Time Travelers *Under the Sea *Wild, Wild West *You’ve got the Beat