Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Activities
Simply put, children learn best by doing – by exploring, playing and being “hands-on” learners. From creative art projects to a focus on phonics and math that makes learning to read and working with numbers fun, the preschool curriculum and activities at Children’s Academy is built for your enthusiastic learner.
Our curriculum is based upon a monthly theme that incorporates Language, Math, Science, Literacy skills, Social Studies, Fine Motor Skills/Handwriting, Cooking, Art, Music and Movement Activities. A daily schedule is followed and balances teacher directed learning with Centers throughout each classroom that offer children a wide variety of choices and play experiences. Each activity is matched to the characteristic ages and stages of ability for the age group, as well as the individual child.
Children’s Academy recognizes the importance of building self-esteem at a very young age. We encourage a positive sense of self by using praise, encouraging independence and building on their skills. Manners are also encouraged in the classroom throughout the day.
Studying other countries and cultures is a part of our monthly preschool curriculum and activities. Pictures, posters and books are displayed throughout the classrooms. Circle time discussions are enhanced with “hands-on” art, games and cooking activities.
We use the following curriculum:
The Infant Toddler Planning Guide has weekly and monthly themes, weekly focus vocabulary words, themed art projects and activities geared at developing both fine and gross motor skills. Other activities focus on good nutrition and building social and emotional skills. The Infant Toddler Planning Guide is supported by Hillsborough County School Readiness.
To enrich our two year old program we use the Active Learning Curriculum to strengthen the growing toddler as he or she transitions into their early threes. Active Curriculum builds on self-awareness, self-confidence and building independence. AC also focuses on the importance of social and group skills, focus, attention and memory. AC introduces numeracy and basic math skills, literacy, the alphabet, creativity and an awareness of the environment and world around them.
Our Pre-K 3 program uses the Houghton-Mifflin Preschool 4.The Houghton-Mifflin stresses:Houghton Mifflin PRE-K is a hands-on, minds-on curriculum that is based on scientific research. Aligned with key Pre-K learning goals, it provides children with the foundational skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners.
Our VPK program uses a blend of two strong curriculum. Both Adventures in Learning and Scott Foresman Reading Street emphasize our educational goals. Scott Foresman is designed to help teachers build readers through motivating and engaging literature with a wealth of teaching tools. Both curriculums differentiate instruction with a strong emphasis on monitoring and assessing frequently. Throughout the years, Hillsborough County has posted county wide VPK scores and consistently Children’s Academy has scored in the top of the county.
Our Kindergarten program uses the Scott Foresman first grade curriculum. It’s a comprehensive curriculum that prepares our children thoroughly while emphasizing our strong educational goals.Scott Foresman Reading Street Publisher Curriculum Brochure