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twos, threes & fours

Much like our infants and toddlers, active learning is encouraged with these age groups as well. The environment in our preschool is child-centered. We desire to provide children with the most enjoyable and productive preschool education. This is accomplished through:

  • Introduction of a letter, number, word, color, theme, concept and skill each week
  • Beginning reading skills – upper and lowercase experiences, phonics, sight words, word walls, sentence structure
  • Beginning Spanish
  • Emergent writing skills – scribbling, drawing
  • Continued development of small muscles – beginner use of scissors
  • Concepts of print introduction – how to open a book, where to start reading, left to right progression, use of capital letters, author, illustrator, letters in words, words in sentences, and sentence structure.

Our Approach

 

Stimulating Learning Activities

  • Books – children will be read to frequently throughout each day in order to expand their knowledge on our themes. A variety of reading materials will be used (fantasy, factual, multicultural, diverse ability, poetry). Additionally books will be accessible at all times for children to read at their leisure.
  • Science – natural items, magnifying glasses, scales, magnets, color viewers, thermometers, living items (plants, class pet, feeders to attract birds).
  • Math – manipulatives are available to foster discovery of size, shape and color. Math activities will begin developing such concepts as rote counting, one to one correspondence, comparison of amounts and sizes, classification, sorting, grouping, matching, sequencing, ordering, volume, dimensions and time.
  • Age appropriate computer technology and tablets.
  • Creative expression – dramatic play center, art center, block center, music and movement, puppets, flannel board stories.
  • Continued development of large muscles – climbing, hopping, skipping, galloping, marching, riding toys with and without pedals, push-pull toys, sliding, manipulating balls, and swinging.
  • Social and personal skills – Playing cooperatively with others, turn taking, listening and expressing ideas, stating their name, age and address, demonstrating self help skills, showing confidence, controlling behavior, and demonstrating pride in own work.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) – Children love this communication tool.

Character Education

Character Education is more important today than ever. One of the greatest gifts that we can provide the children in our care is a strong sense of personal values. Good character is something that will instill in the children attending Growing Room a desire to become successful adults able to make a positive contribution to our society. Character Education is instruction which includes teaching concepts covering basic human values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, citizenship, honesty, friendship and more.

Portfolios

During each week, several items that each child completes are labeled, dated, and stored in his or her portfolio. In this way, the teacher can monitor each child’s progress and share this with parents during our parent/teacher conferences held twice each year. At the end of the year, parents can also take the portfolio home as another keepsake.

K-2 A-BEKA Program

twos, threes & fours
This is a workbook program that we provide in addition to our Growing Up on Our Block curriculum. Through this program, two year olds will be given the opportunity to learn the following…

  • Language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, science and so much more.
  • Simple counting 1-25
  • Numbers concept 1-10

K-3 A-BEKA Program

This is a workbook program that we provide in addition to our Growing Up on Our Block curriculum. Through this program, three year olds will be given the opportunity to learn the following…

  • Recognition of name, sound and picture for short vowels and consonants
  • Formation of letters, blends, and words
  • Beginning to write first name
  • Language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners and science
  • Simple counting 1-30
  • Numbers concept 1-20
  • Numbers largest to smallest 1 -20

K-4 A-BEKA Program

This is a workbook program that we provide in addition to our Growing Up on Our Block curriculum. Through this program, four year olds will be given the opportunity to learn the following…

  • Recognition of name, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants
  • Sounding of blends and one- and two-vowel words
  • Reading of sentences and stories with one- and two-vowel words
  • Formation of letters, blends, and words
  • Writing of first and last name
  • Language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners and science
  • Number recognition and counting 1-100
  • Number concepts 1-30
  • Numbers before and after 1-20
  • Numbers largest and smallest 1-30
  • Addition facts and some subtraction