Our Oaks and Pinecones rooms are made up of our 3 and 4 year-old friends.
The Curriculum is now driven by your child’s interests! This age group has the highest level of academics. The children who graduate from our program are more than ready for Kindergarten!
Long Term Project Work is done in large and small interest groups with this age so your children can explore and investigate topics that they have chosen. After gathering all their information, they report back to the study group with what they have learned. This promotes a higher level of problem solving.
Our Language Literacy Component is most important with this group.
The First part is Joint Writing Time. They sit down with the teacher at morning meeting time, where together they model phonics and letter sounds. The teacher draws a picture of the daily plan and the children guess what they will be doing that day. Together child and teacher sound out the sentence starting with Today We Will… and ending with a period.
The Second part is Repetitive Books. Every other week a book is worked on using site words. This helps with reading comprehension. Once the child can read the book it is sent home to their parents.
The Final part is Journal Time. They start this component as toddlers and by the time they reach this age most can write letters if not full words. By starting at a young age their fine
motor skills develop enough to by able to write properly by the time they go to kindergarten.
An Art Teacher comes in twice a week to work on projects that closely relate to their studies. Daily work with the fine arts develops strong sensory and fine motor skills.
Spanish and Sign Language are an essential part of our Academy. The language of signing promotes healthy communication and acts as a secondary form of communication between our culturally diverse families. Studies prove that IQ and brain development are strengthened by learning to sign at a young age. It is important to teach a second language, like Spanish, at an early age when the brain’s windows of opportunity for learning new languages is wide open. A child retains learned information much longer when taught at an earlier age.
Assessments and Parent Teacher Conferences are done twice a year. This gives you an opportunity, as a parent, to ask questions about how your child is progressing and hear about their daily development.