VPK

Math Small Groups Game

Nemours® BrightStart VPK

Learning Innovations

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 for our VPK class builds on the foundation learned in the three and four year old classroom. Special sounds and blends (phonics) are the foundation for preparing the children to read. Science is introduced including themes about plants, animals, earth and space and health. More math skills are introduced as well: adding, telling time, using the calendar, days of the week and money values. We introduce syllables, rhyming and sequencing skills as well. Finally, social studies is introduced through learning about children in different countries and famous Americans. The children that graduate from our VPK program have built a solid foundation in which they will excel in kindergarten.

Nemours® BrightStart! The Complete Program For Early Literacy Success: Level Two

This intensive and engaging program is specifically designed for teaching foundational reading skills to small groups of beginning readers. The 36 lesson program includes proven instructional strategies for developing print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, developmental writing, oral language and fluency. The Complete Level Two Program guides children towards mastery of foundational reading skills without fear of failure. This curriculum consists of 36 lessons which implement multisensory and supportive materials to meet the needs of all learning styles. The lessons come with adaptive and accelerated strategies for all learners.

Typical Schedule for VPK

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 "I Can Save the Earth" in whole group setting. Prediction, Picture Walks, Beginning and Ending, and the Parts of the books are some of the activities we do during a daily reading.

Learn Every Day Science and Social Studies: Life Cycles: Life cycle of the butterfly. Describe what they see. Explain that the butterfly life cycle starts when the female lays her eggs on the underside of a leaf, which will become food for her young caterpillars. Tell the children it takes about a week until the eggs hatch (have the children say the days of the week with you to show 7 days). Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

Celebrations: Japanese Celebration. Hanami is an important Japanese custom and is held in spring. Hanami literally means viewing flowers, generally the cherry blossoms (sakura). It's said that the origin of Hinami dates back to more than one thousand years ago when noble enjoyed looking at beautiful cherry blossoms. Sakura flowers are small, pink and white, and smell sweet. The English term for the sakura is cherry blossom.

Fun Experiments: Prediction. Provide cups of water in different sizes. Challenge the children to place rocks in the water without making the water spill out. Why can't they do it? Explain to them it is because the rocks displace the water, or make it move out of the way. Since the water is in an enclosed space-the cup-it has nowhere to go but up and out over the rim. Before placing the rocks in the cup have the children predict how many rocks they think it will take to make the water over flow the cup. Talk about why it may take less or more rocks.

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: Playing with sounds to make Rhymes in small groups, Breaking Words into Syllables, Letter Bingo, and Sound Match are some of the fun ways that we teach through play.

Early Math Concepts: One to One Counting: using counting bears touch and count each bear. Extend the Lesson with sorting the bears by color and/or shape.