Early Childhood Center - FOUR'S CURRICULUM

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

1. Stories
2. Poetry
3. Nursery rhymes
4. Fairy Tales
5. Color recognition
6. Alphabet recognition
7. Music
8. Drawing (pre-writing skill)
9. Encouraged to use words appropriately
10. Encouraged to share his/her own thoughts and feelings
11. Puppets
12. Free expression
13. Body language / sign language
14. Stories on tape

MATH

1. Number recognition and counting
2. Size (big, tall, short, small, middle)
3. Sequencing (first, next, last)
4. Patterns
5. Shapes
6. Time (morning, noon, and night)
7. Calendar (12 months, 7 days)
8. Measuring (cooking, water, and sand table)

SCIENCE

1. Seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer)
2. Analyzing nature
3. Learning about life cycles, ourselves, and the world around us
4. Animals and their habitats (EX: Rainforest)
5. Transportation (air, water, land)
6. Weather
7. Bubbles
8. Machines
9. Outerspace

SOCIAL STUDIES

1. Multicultural awareness
2. Historical awareness
3. Pioneers, Pilgrims, and Native Americans
4. Community helpers

HEALTH, SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

1. Sharing
2. Caring
3. Safety (fire, storms, tornados and personal safety)
4. Good hygiene
5. Dressing
6. Who am I?
7. Name, phone number, and address
8. Who should I look to if I am lost?
9. Feelings (sad, glad, mad, happy)
10. Respect
11. Responsibility to self and others
12. Nutritional awareness / Manners
13. Our five senses

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Most 4-year-old children are energetic and very active. They enjoy engaging in rough-and- tumble play and attempt to do things that seem physically difficult. Such constant movement helps them learn to use and control their muscles. 

We encourage our children through:
1. In-room activities
2. Working on large and small motor skills (Jump Bunch)
3. Dancing/Exercising through Movement and Yoga
4. Free time on the playground
5. Playing with different types and sizes of balls and large manipulatives such as hoola hoops and bats.

SENSORY LEARNING

Even before birth, a child begins using and learning through his or her senses. In fact, until the age of 6 or 7 (sometimes called the age of reason), learning greatly depends on the opportunities that a child has to use his or her 5 senses. The more senses that are used to experience something, the better the experience will be learned and remembered. Therefore, the more senses used = greater learning experience.

We encourage many multi-sensory opportunities for our children. An orange for snack provides an opportunity to touch, smell, taste, see, and hear a piece of fruit. We applaud/praise the children when they participate in positive ways like listening, touching appropriately, expressing themselves verbally, listening to the teachers and others, paying attention, and trying new things.