When engaged in science activities, children will be provided an opportunity to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to test learners' ideas. Children will use the world around them to observe, describe and make predictions based on real life experiences. 





    When engaged in literacy activities, children practice their early reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Literacy activities help children express ideas, explore their interests, and learn about the world around them. During this time, they make connections to prior knowledge and expand vocabulary, which is the foundation of early reading success.




    When engaged in Math activities, children are developing skills such as rote counting, 1-1 correspondence and quantitative and comparative concepts (e.g. more/less/same, longer/shorter, heavy/light, etc.). They also practice their problem-solving skills, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination by using manipulatives and real life objects/experiences.




    When engaged in art activities, children are exposed and encouraged to use and manipulate a wide variety of materials and media. Art integrates developmental areas such as fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, academic concepts in addition to broadening their sensory input experiences. 





    Social emotional development is the foundation of early childhood education.  Through peer/adult interaction, modeling/role-playing and creative/self-expression, children are encouraged to practice key skills needed to be successful in school and beyond.  Learning to participate appropriately, share materials, ask  for help, follow simple directions/school rules allow the children to access the curriculum and have their needs met.  The development of social skills is key to a child’s ability to negotiate their class and school environment and are embedded in all activities throughout the day.  

    We will be using the Second Step Curriculum to support children’s social emotional growth and development.