Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the New Jersey standards of excellence. Academic knowledge is evident from the youngest to the oldest classrooms, there is also focus on social skills for our early childhood learners.  We approach learning with an emphasis on individualization and differentiation.

Each child is evaluated when they enter our school to discover his or her prior knowledge and social skills.  Using Individualized instruction, theme teaching, small group work, and large group learning environments, we attempt to achieve the goals listed below.

Each class is specifically designed to meet these goals in a developmentally appropriate way.

2-3 Years Old

Count objects up to 20.
Identify numbers and names 1 – 20.
Practice the skills of counting objects.
Compare two groups and see which is more, less, the same, and use appropriate vocabulary (e.g. bigger/smaller).

Introduction to Letters: Uppercase A-Z
Identifying names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
The sequence of the alphabet.
Hear and recognize rhyming words.

Identify colors such as red, yellow, blue & etc.

Identify and classify basic shapes.
Explore various units of measurements.
Use comparisons such as bigger than, smaller than, equal to.

Identify and recognize letters in name.

Gross motor skills which strengthen the large muscle groups of the body.
Gross motor skills include jumping, kicking, throwing, and catching a ball.
Riding a tricycle, scooter & any four wheel vehicle.
Fine motor skills through finger painting and sculpting clay.

Learn to use classroom materials with one or more individuals.
Using appropriate language in conversation.
Respect and show concern for people and things around them.
Getting along with others.

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4-5 Years Old

Identifying names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
The sequence of the alphabet.
Hear and recognize rhyming words.    Printing – Numbers 1-30

Identify numbers and names 1 – 30.
Practice the skills of counting from a number.
Share sets of objects with others.
Compare two groups and see which is more, less and the same.

Walks up and down steps using alternate feet.
Jumps, hops, runs, dances, & moves to music.
Catches, throws, & kicks a large ball.
Rides a tricycle, scooter & any four-wheel vehicle.

Begins to dress & undress without assistance.
Uses small pegs & boards, strings small beads, some in patterns.
Build complex block structures.
Manipulates play objects that have fine parts.
Uses scissors, paintbrushes & other art materials appropriately.
Draws combinations of simple shapes.

Uses manipulative to create & combine.
Classifies objects.
Shows & articulates an understanding of mathematical comparisons, such as more or less & equal to.
Counts, demonstrates & tracks the number of objects in a set during play & classroom routines.
Connects and understands the relationship of “add to” and “take away” using concrete materials.

Demonstrate understanding of the life cycle of an organism.

Understanding reading as a source of knowledge.
Treating books with respect.
Holds book right side up and turns pages in the right direction.
Distinguishes pictures from print.
Can locate parts of a book.
Expose children to a range of materials including; picture books, songs, magazines, etc.
Discuss books with peers and teachers.
Learn new words daily.

Demonstrates an understanding of the environment around them.
Demonstrates and understanding of the roles of different people in their community.

Demonstrates increasing self-awareness.
Identifies him/herself by gender, first and last name, family member.
Shows personal interest through choice of materials and activities.
Uses initiative and decision making strategies.
Demonstrates confidence and positive self-image.
Expresses feelings, needs, opinions.
Uses words to identify and express needs and feelings to resolve conflicts.
Understands and shows empathy for the needs of others.

Differentiate & identify sounds in spoken language.
Recognize rhyming words.
Identify opposites and same.
Recognize shapes & sounds of letters.
Matches, names, & identifies letters of the alphabet.
Recognizes, spells and write first & last names.

Uses manipulative to create, combine sets.
Categorizes objects & events.
Demonstrates an understanding of mathematical concepts, such as more or less & equal to.
Counts the number of objects during play.
Uses one to one correspondence when counting.
Understands the concepts of “add to” and “take away” using tangible materials.
Demonstrates the ability to count from 1-100.
Write numbers and number word from 1-20.
Skip counts by 3’s, 5’s & 10’s.
Identify coins and values.

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