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Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum: Promoting School Readiness

Our curriculum is composed of lesson plans and rich themes with ultimate educational goals in mind. The 10 Domains of our curriculum

I. Social and Emotional Development
II.Language and Communication
III. Emergent Literacy Reading
IV. Emergent Literacy Writing
V. Mathematics
VI. Science
VII. Social Studies
VIII. Fine Arts
IX. Physical Development
X. Technology

Scaffolding Experiences and Activities Appropriate to the Children’s Developmental Levels

A great example of this would be a 3 year-old child learning to classify objects by colors or size, whereas a 4 year-old child may be classifying objects by letter sounds such as “C is for cat, candy, crayons.”

Lesson Plans and Rich Weekly Themes

Teachers create weekly themes that are rich in content and overlap on other learning topics. This integrated curriculum provides a deeper understanding in cognitive and social areas of development.

Example: A weekly theme of “Items that are shaped like a circle” may lead to a child counting circular beads, using a magnifying glass to spy on shapes outdoors that are circular, and then reading a picture book of items shaped like a circle.

Higher Quality Teacher-Child Relations

We appreciate each child’s aptitude for learning, temperament, and special interests. Our low teacher-child ratios consist of 2 teachers in each classroom. This allows the children to benefit from individualized one-on-one instruction, smaller group or larger group opportunities.

Example: a 2 year-old child that may need speech support would be given daily individualized one-on-one “speech therapy” play time with our educators.

Evidence Based Gradual Release Model

We provide multiple opportunities to practice new skills with a rich curriculum that integrates materials and concepts throughout the day. We view the children as strong, active learners and use positive intervention methods.

Example: Our teacher may show a child how to use the balance scale by carefully putting the weights on one scale pan then balancing blocks on the other scale pan. Next, the child having witnessed this modeled behavior may help. Eventually, the child will complete the task independently and initiate further exploration of weights and objects.

A Warm, Supportive, Nurturing Environment

Flamingo educators listen and respond with warmth and sensitivity to children’s feelings and ideas. We use positive language and encourage children to develop creative problem-solving skills to independently make choices and decisions.

Example: our teacher may say to a child “It is alright to feel angry about something, but it is not alright to hit your friends because it hurts them.”