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Learn Every Day

Based on the latest research about how children learn and develop, Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum is designed with activities that connect literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. It is organized into 36 units and follows a brain-based approach to learning that encourages exploration and discovery. Each unit contains the following elements: goals and objectives, strategies for meeting the needs of dual language learners, adaptations for children with special needs, suggestions for extending the learning, tips for developing social–emotional skills, and ideas for connecting with families. Learn Every Day was intended to provide children with multiple opportunities: to make generalizations about the information they have acquired through exploration and creative problem solving, to participate in high-interest activities that offer multiple ways to learn through a variety of modalities, and to incorporate new problem-solving strategies into their existing knowledge bases. It focuses on multisensory instruction by offering a variety of sensory experiences to facilitate learning. By designing an environment with sights and smells; language and auditory rhythm; and opportunities for gross and fine motor movement, touch, and manipulation, children experience the wonder of learning!

A Beka®

The A Beka® curriculum focuses on several learning areas to develop the preschooler's love of learning. Language development and listening skills activities abound, including recognition of letters and their sounds, pictures for short vowels and consonants. Simple counting to thirty and number concepts to 15. As a child moves into the four-year old program more concepts are developed such as blending sounds and reading sentences. Also number skills are enhanced to 100, and even simple math skills. Poetry becomes part of the program where the children learn poems and finger plays. Community helpers, learning about countries and health and safety are also integral parts of the curriculum.

Nemours® BrightStart!

Nemours® BrightStart is designed to expose young children to critical early literacy skills. The program includes 20 lessons that are engaging and developmentally appropriate for young children. These lessons incorporate elements from high quality children’s literature and music to introduce key concepts and critical early literacy skills. Teachers engage each learner using explicit, systematic instruction, using variety of multisensory teaching strategies. Each lesson in the program includes five building blocks of early literacy: Oral Language; Print Awareness; Letter Knowledge; Phonological Awareness; and Emergent Writing. Exposure to these important early experiences in each of these areas enhance the development of early literacy skills and build a foundation that supports future reading success.

Typical Schedule for a Four Year Old

Arrival

Morning Snack

Morning Circle Time

Learn Every Day 

Free Play/Curriculum Learning Through Play

Nemours® BrightStart - Early Literacy Program in small group

A Beka® in small group

Hatch Interactive Tablet 

Outside Time

Lunch Time 

Rest Time

Afternoon Snack Time

Afternoon Circle Time

Messy Art and Free Play

Outside Time

Free play with hands on Curriculum in small group setting

Music and Movement

Evening Snack Time

Departure

Example of Curriculum Activities, Weekly Thematic Lessons:

Read Aloud: Read Bread and Jam for Frances in whole group setting. Hold group discussion about what happens in the story and relate the story to our own life experiences.

Learn Every Day Science and Social Studies: Rocks and Minerals: The world is made up of different landforms: mountains, hills, valleys, plains, canyons, plateaus, & islands. Explain that rocks are found in all of them. Pass around a jar of sand, a jar of rocks & minerals, & a jar of soil dug from a nearby place. Invite the children to feel, smell, & examine them. Sand is made of tiny rocks. Soil is also made of tiny rocks, but also has dead plants & animals, which gives the soil the nutrients plants need to grow.

Fun Experiments: Prediction. Buoyancy…Place raisins in a cup then pour a clear soda like Sprite in the cup, and watch what happens. Explain that air bubbles caused by the action of the carbonation adhere to the raisins. After enough bubbles attach themselves to the raisins, they begin to rise to the top. When the raisin breaks the surface tension of the soda at the top, the air bubbles disperse into the air & the raisin, having lost its buoyancy, sinks.

Weekly Character Development Concepts: Children learn the importance of being courteous, diligent, cheerful, and unselfish. We discuss scenarios for each trait and ideas for incorporating these new character traits into your child's routine.

Early Reading Concepts: Letter Recognition taught in a sand table; letter sound games such as talking in a toobaloo, syllable fun, and silly rhymes with books like Jamberry. 

Early Math Concepts: Building skyscrapers with blocks and counting how many we stacked. Sorting the toys between friends so we all have the same number is a great way to learn through play.