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CURRICULUM

Click Here for Photo GalleryOur curriculum is developed through teacher observation and evaluation of each child. Concepts and skills are introduced which are appropriate to each child’s stage of development, and which reinforce social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Concrete, hands-on activities and experiences are planned according to a calendar of themes and units which are relevant to the children, providing meaningful learning.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed which balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times.

Daily activities are designed to guide each child towards a better understanding of him/herself and toward knowledge of how to get along with others. Our wide range of materials and activities help children develop social, cognitive, physical and verbal skills. All activities are planned with the child’s individual needs in mind and each is challenged appropriately.

Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Work is planned which emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride. Small World places a strong focus on kindergarten readiness so that each child will be able to easily move forward as they age out of our program.



GEE, ALL THOSE KIDS SEEM TO DO IS PLAY

Yes, children here at SMALL WORLD do play a lot. During this time a lot is going on.

They are:
meeting friends
playing with toys
exploring how things work
looking at books
listening to music
sharing
having different experiences in mostly child group situations
  vs. a mostly adult situation
pouring and measuring in the sand box and water table
enjoying creative art experiences
developing and expanding their language abilities
having cooperative play experiences
learning to share the adults’ attention
learning social skills needed to play games and make friends
building with materials that may not be available at home
using “messy” art materials in a space provided for
  experimentation
trying on different personalities with different clothing
becoming independent
comparing and contrasting different experiences
learning from others while broadening their horizons

SAMPLE OF DAILY SCHEDULE

Arrival: Greeting of Families. Free play: children choose learning centers to play in throughout the morning.
9:30 Clean-up time: activities and toys will be put away.
9:45 Circle activities.
10:15 Snack time.
10:45 Curriculum/Project Activities.
11:15 Outside play (weather permitting).
12:00 Lunch with small group conversation promoted.

1:00 Nap or quiet time on mats with quiet music.
3:00 Gradual wake-up and snuggle
3:15 Snack time
3:30 Free play outside/inside until departure

Children are involved in a wide range of activities that give them the opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy themselves. Independence, self-confidence, social, emotional, and physical growth are enhanced. Much time is devoted to playing because we feel that this is the way in which young children learn best.

SO YOU SEE, WHAT LOOKS LIKE PLAY IS REALLY HARD WORK!


We are closed for the following holidays:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas and the day before or the day after depending on when it arrives.


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