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Curriculum

Our curriculum and teaching philosophy has four main components:

Spanish Language Enrichment Component: The dual language program component exposes the children in our programs to two languages, typically Spanish and English. Each class has two certified teachers, one that speaks and teaches the students in English and one that speaks and teaches the students in Spanish.

Hands on Learning: Research shows that children learn best through play and hands on activities. So the children are exposed and given opportunities throughout the day to learn through play and hands on learning activities. The children also play and learn in the different learning centers as well. Center time allows the child the opportunity to socialize, use their imagination, draw, paint, manipulate letters and numbers, and to read and write through play.

Structured Curriculum: Structured curriculum and activities is the other component. Each age group has a curriculum map that highlights most of the concepts that the children will be exposed to. We use a phonics based approach to teaching the children the letters, the sounds, pre-reading, and reading skills. Children are also exposed to structured pre-writing, writing, and math skills so that the child is exposed and well prepared for Kindergarten upon completion of the program.

Character and Physical Education: The social and physical component also plays a major role in the early development of a child. We incorporate character education so that the children develop good morals, character, habits, and self-esteem. The children are nurtured and taught to care and respect themselves, others, the environment, and to believe in themselves. We also strive to maintain a strong relationship amongst the home, the school, and the children.

Children participate in daily outdoor activities for their physical and gross motor skill development. Extra curricular activities are provided for an extra fee in order to encourage and facilitate physical fitness and exposure to different sports, dance, art, music, and other specialty activities so the children can also build on their individual talents.

CURRICULUM MAP

Curriculum Map / Scope and Sequence

Infants and 1 year olds

Infants and 1 year olds are encouraged to use their senses to learn about and make sense of their world. We balance individual attention with group experiences to ensure that your child is learning in productive ways. Children are exposed to age appropriate experiences that will engage and inspire the child.

Language development and listening skills are encouraged through verbal and visual stimulation of color words, shapes, numbers, animals, environment, sorting, building, and more through music, communication, and sensory. Availability varies per location based on space and enrollment. Referrals to neighboring programs is an option when not offered at your location

Pre K-2 Program

Pre K-2 Program encourages independence and growth. Our daily schedule allows time for group learning, and individual experiences. Your child will work on developing social skills, engage their creative side with art and sensory materials, and teachers will build upon early literacy and communication skills through group learning time, stories, songs, and play.

The program offers a wide variety of experiences to engage your child and prepare them to be successful academically and socially. The curriculum incorporates age appropriate math, literacy, science, art, music, and social science concepts.

Pre K-3 Program

Pre K-3 Program offers a wide variety of experiences to engage your child and prepare them to be successful academically and socially. Our curriculum incorporates age appropriate math, literacy, science, art, music, and social science. The curriculum is based on phonetic and numerical awareness. The classrooms have learning centers which the children are able to explore, play, and learn. Teachers supplement these experiences with small and large group experiences that will allow for them to be successful academically and socially.

Teachers engage students in learning and experiences that allow children to learn letters and numbers. Your child will also be able to explore themes of character through, community, environment, traditions, and much more through experiences and stories. Children will be able to explore outdoors where physical fitness, health and nutrition, are also encouraged.

Pre K-4 and VPK Program

Pre-K 4 and VPK are designed to build on your child’s cognitive, social and emotional needs in preparation for the Kindergarten classroom. The programs are geared toward getting the children ready for Kindergarten. It incorporates a comprehensive school readiness curriculum. Our advanced curriculum incorporates age appropriate math, literacy, science, art, music, and social science.

Pre K-4 students who do not meet the September cut off are exposed and engaged in the same curriculum as their VPK counterparts and have the option of enrolling for Kindergarten the following school year as well as the children who do meet the cut off and complete the VPK program. These program components work together to ensure children are entirely prepared for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Teachers supplement the experiences with small and large group experiences that will allow for them to be successful academically and socially.

Kindergarten and First Grade Program

The Kindergarten and First Grade Program are designed to build on your child’s cognitive, social and emotional needs in preparation for the Elementary school experience.

The programs are geared toward getting the children ready for Elementary. It incorporates a comprehensive school readiness curriculum. Our advanced curriculum incorporates age appropriate math, literacy, science, art, music, and social science.

The students who do not meet the September cut off are still eligible and can enroll. Here students are exposed and engaged in learning and have the option of continuing in the Kinder/First grade program. The extra time in a small familiar setting enables the students to focus on the learning. The students benefit greatly from the familiar learning environment and make huge learning gains as evidenced by SAT Scores and optional Gifted testing.

These program components work together to ensure children are entirely prepared for success in Elementary and beyond. Teachers supplement the experiences with small and large group experiences that will allow for them to be successful academically and socially. Availability varies per location based on space and enrollment. Referrals to neighboring programs is an option when not offered at your location.

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LANGUAGE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Spanish Curriculum Map / Scope and Sequence

Infants and One Year Old Program

  • Development of language and listening skills
  • Verbal and visual stimulation of colors, shapes, and animals
  • Manipulating and sorting objects, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes

Two and Three Year Old Program

  • Development of language
  • Colors, shapes, animals, and greetings
  • The ability to recognize parts of the body
  • The ability to recognize family members
  • Recognizing nouns, vowels, and numbers
  • Learn to write numbers, letters, and their name
  • Introduce them to the sounds of the letters
  • Introduce the days of the week, and months of the year

Four and Five Year Old Program

  • Development of language
  • Colors, shapes, and animals
  • Parts of the body, family members, and greetings
  • Recognizing nouns, vowels, sounds, the alphabet, and numbers
  • Write numbers, letters, and their name
  • Learn the days of the week, and months of the year

Kindergarten/First Grade Program

  • Development of language
  • Colors, shapes, and animals
  • Parts of the body, family members, and greetings
  • Recognizing nouns, vowels, sounds, the alphabet, and numbers
  • Write numbers, letters, and their name
  • Learn the days of the week, and months of the year
  • Learn to read
  • Vocabulary and Spelling words
  • Write sentences and stories

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CERTIFIED TEACHERS

It is during the preschool years where education begins. We have been highly selective in our hiring practices and screening process. We have created a wonderful environment to nurture, care for, challenge, and inspire the love of learning. Most teachers have completed a formal education and are working on completing post-graduate studies. So, most surpass all of the minimum requirements set by the State of Florida. We hold high expectations for our teachers and staff as well as our students. Teachers and staff are encouraged to keep abreast of current research, teaching methods, and techniques as well as expected to incorporate them into their daily routines.

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EMPHASIS ON CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Developing critical thinking and problem solving techniques begins at the early stages of development. The students are encouraged to use their thought process to solve everyday occurrences in the classroom. Teachers give students the opportunity to elaborate and explain their ideas, opinions, thoughts, predictions, needs, works of art, and actions. They are also constantly presenting them with questions and situations that enable them to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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EMPHASIS ON HANDS ON LEARNING APPROACH:

Children learn best through play. That is why we enable the students to experience the learning process through the use of manipulatives, educational toys, art, music, discovery, blocks, drama, and puzzles. The point is children learn best by being actively involved in the lesson. This involves actually experiencing what is being taught by doing it, seeing it, smelling it, tasting it, touching it, or hearing it.

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DAILY EXPOSURE TO LEARNING CENTERS

INCORPORATING CHARACTER EDUCATION

We believe that character education is equally as important as academics. That is why we incorporate lessons and readings that assist in the development of the students’ character as well as model and encourage proper behaviors such as respect, self-esteem, good manners, self-discipline, responsibility, and moral values.

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LARGE OUTDOOR PLAY GROUND

Children need to develop their gross motor skills and coordination through movement. We provide the students with both a large outdoor and indoor play area in order to enable them to use and develop their gross motor skills and coordination. Students use the play ground equipment and play areas to practice balancing, jumping, stretching, hopping, riding, walking, running, swinging, dancing, sliding, climbing, throwing, catching, crawling, and most importantly having plain old FUN!

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