Curriculum and Language Development

We know that language is the foundation of understanding, so we place special emphasis on developing strong language and communication skills in preschoolers. We use instances in both free play and structured activities to encourage sharing and cooperation. We constantly practice “using our words” to resolve conflicts, asking for help, and expressing ourselves.

As a school, we focus on establishing productive social and working relationships with others. It is part of everything the child does within the school setting. A high priority is placed on the development of children’s personal growth, their sense of respect for one’s self and others, and their recognition of responsibility to the community.

Your child’s growth in these areas prepares them for continued success in future academic and social endeavors. You can recognize the implementation of our social curriculum as you listen to the way our teachers speak to children, watch the children problem-solve with their peers, and see that expectations and consequences are age appropriate. Just as the academic curriculum responds to the developing cognitive skills of the children, so too does the social curriculum. It encourages growth in responsibility, independence, and decision-making. Children are allowed, actually encouraged, to make choices and accept the consequences of their actions. At Kinderoo Children’s Academy, mistakes are treated as opportunities for learning.

 

Curriculum

At Kinderoo Children’s Academy, we continually explore new developments in early childhood education; we frequently integrate the findings into our program and use a combination of curriculums, including Beyond Centers and Circle Time, to develop and create the most effective lesson plans.

As a Reggio Emilia-inspired school, our approach to education centers around the inquiries our children develop through their authentic interests. We utilize an inquiry-based model where teachers present the children with an array of materials used as a provocation for building hypotheses and conducting investigations. These provocations encourage children to take their learning to a deeper level by developing wonderings and working with their teachers and each other to study these wonderings. We believe that “play”, combined with the endless curiosity of the children, enables them to engage in meaningful self-directed learning experiences and discoveries. Research has shown how these authentic experiences lead to greater levels of information and skill acquisition, increased confidence in self, and ultimately, higher achievement.

Our curriculum promotes growth in all of the skill areas with a wide variety of activities in literacy, music, science, creative arts, language, math, geography, history, culture, and more. Our programs include learning experiences in social skills, cognitive powers, large muscle and fine motor development, coordination and sequencing, and recognition of colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. Our programs are structured and designed to provide the basic foundation of skills essential for children to excel in kindergarten and beyond, as well as responsible global citizens.

Classroom Settings, Learning Areas, Teaching Methods

As you walk around Kinderoo Children’s Academy, you will notice how every item in the classroom has a higher purpose and is presented in a way that invites each child to explore and wonder. The children’s work is displayed in a manner that celebrates their discoveries, accompanied by written documentation that provides detailed descriptions and images of their learning processes.

The role of the environment is to evoke children’s curiosity, creativity, and wonder and is set up in a way that is enticing, imaginative, inviting, and intentional. The environment places an emphasis on natural, everyday, and realistic materials that capture the children’s interest and create an enticing space that children cannot resist, fostering their understanding and piquing their interest. All of our classrooms have learning areas and invitations set up in the classroom and each area is supplied with books, writing tools, authentic materials, and learning proposals. Typical learning centers in the classroom might include math, blocks, reading, art, science, dramatic play, writing, and music.

The learning centers and invitations are designed to promote various developmental skills in seven areas:

Physical Development

Approaches to Learning

Social and Emotional Development

Language, Communication, and Emergent Literacy

Mathematical Thinking

Scientific Inquiry

Social Studies

Creative Expression Through the Arts

Teachers interact with children and move about the classroom to facilitate learning experiences. The daily schedule is posted in the classroom on the parent board. The schedule allows for daily story time, instruction in the learning centers, play in large and small groups, free choice exploration, research, and rest time. Our classrooms have ample space to accommodate individual, small, and large group instruction. The children’s interests combined with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards provide the basis for instruction in our classrooms.

Storymakers

StoryMakers is an approach that combines the maker movement with storytelling. story creation, Reggio-inspired methods, and the importance of play to move all children forward in their literacy learning. StoryMaking is defined as a process of imagining stories and information to share with others as children engage in hands-on play and STEAM-making experiences.
The lessons, anchor charts, and making experiences with open-ended materials help children discover their stories to share. Children will then be invited to make a physical representation of the elements of their story or detailed information before they share it through storytelling, writing or another form of the “hundred languages” with the materials in their learning
environments.

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