Long Term Goals
Our Academy believes that the goal of the curriculum should be to foster and develop the natural curiosities and interests of children in a safe, nurturing environment. This overall goal is achieved by many small steps.
First, is the social and emotional well being of the child. Children need the love and appreciation of the adults and peers in their lives. They also need to feel confident in their own abilities.
A child’s physical needs must be met, as well. Children have to have a safe environment, a healthy body, and frequent opportunities for movement.
Language and communication are also very important. Children learn to give and get ideas through listening, talking, and reading. Children need to be able to communicate their ideas to others. Children also need to be immersed in oral and written language. A reading program rich in language and literature should have the following basic skills occurring each day:
•Chanting and Singing •Finger plays and Poems •Oral reading by the teachers •Naming friends and common objects, animals, etc. •Communicating in complete sentences•Recording ideas in journals and on chart paper •Silent Sustained Reading •Making of student books and big books •Discussing new idea and books
In Cognitive Development children need to be given the opportunity to use the skills of matching, sorting, classifying, and constructing.These skills help them to explore, develop, and investigate the world around them.
In Math children need to be given the opportunity to use problem solving, communicating, reasoning, and connecting. These skills help them to explore, develop, and investigate the world around them. Manipulatives and real-life objects are essential tools for effective mathematics instruction. Young children need time to explore math through the use of concrete materials they can manipulate.