The Garden of Learning Curriculum
Fine Motor Skills
Many children may have already developed confidence in holding writing utensils and we will build upon that. Students will begin tracing, learning proper letter formation, writing simple letters independently and eventually progressing to writing and typing their own name.
Gross Motor Skills
Our students will enjoy at least 90 minutes of outdoor play daily (weather permitting) where they will learn to swing a golf club and baseball bat. They will perfect their skills of throwing and shooting a basketball as well as running while kicking a ball. Organize movements such as Zumba and Yoga will be the highlight of many of our Pre Kindergarteners day.
The sweet sound,” I can do it myself”. Students will be encouraged to independently get dressed, solve problems with friends, complete activities, and move about their day with confidence. Our consistent schedule and predictable routine helps to foster a sense of stability that allows children to explore safely.
Social- Emotional Skills
Preparing children for Kindergarten is our greatest pleasure. Literacy, the ability to read and write is one of the most amazing gifts we can offer children in our program. Books will fill our classrooms and students will be encourage to sit down have quite time with a favorite story with a teacher, friend or independently. At this stage our students will be introduced to sight words, phonetically deconstructs sounds, matching letter sounds with words, and reading comprehension.
Children maybe able to move on to lessons counting 11-20. Students will learn how to use and read graphs, become familiar with tools of measurement, recognize 2 and 3- dimensional shapes and identifies and creates patterns.
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy”. Maria Montessori
This year dramatic play will become your child’s new way of life. Anything can be a telephone, cooking can be accomplished without a stove, and everything you do in front of your child will show up sooner or later. Through dramatic play their ever-growing imagination will reach new heights as they role-play and pretend to be someone else. This action by itself will help to foster language skills, social emotional skills, math, gross and fine motor skills just to mention a few.
We strive to meet all-important milestones of early childhood development. Our program utilizes the Virginia’s Early Childhood Development Alignment Project for ages 0 to 48 months alongside various other supplemental resources to develop the whole child. According to the Virginia’s Milestone of Early Development, “Developed with consideration to children’s individual rates at which they progress through common developmental milestones, as well as the different patterns exhibited in children’s strengths across the learning domains. The goal must be to fit enriched learning opportunities to the child rather than to fit the child into preconceived, “one-size-fits-all” paths.”
Our daily activities focus on the development of: social-emotional, language, literacy, cognitive and general knowledge, fine arts, fine motor, and physical development and health. Each day, our children fall more in love with simple yet necessary task like reading, exploring nature, music and dance, pre-math, and their community.