LITTLE DUCKLING DAYCARE: PRESCHOOL

Three-year-olds are able to solve more and more problems, figure out unique ways to do something, and want to find out why - a lot! Learning Beyond helps Little Duckling preschool educators become strong models, allowing children time to try and work through challenges while educators ask important questions or provide support to children's learning. Children's skills in all developmental areas grow with these continued opportunities to be actively engaged in their learning and trusted as a learner. Learning Beyond provides quarterly benchmarks to help educators stay focused on age-appropriate growth and excited learners.

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CURRICULUM GOALS & OBJECTIVES

COGNITIVE AND LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Oral language skills

  • Vocabularies

  • Conversions with other children and adults

  • Proficiency in language

  • Literacy skills related to writing and reading

  • Letters of the alphabet

  • Listening comprehension

  • Motivation to read

  • Print awareness

  • Ways to use and appreciate books

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS

  • Getting along with other children and adults and developing good relationships with teachers

  • Self-regulation of attention and behavior

  • Helping others and developing caring attitudes

  • Playing and working cooperatively

  • Following classroom rules

  • Positive mental attitude

  • Persistence

  • Respect for others

  • Cooperation

  • Honesty

  • Trustworthiness

  • Sensitivity

SCIENTIFIC THINKING

  • Observation

  • Classification

  • Communication

  • Experimentation

  • Finding more than one solution to a question

  • Physical Science

  • Earth and Space Science

  • Life Science

  • Engineering

  • Scientific Inquiry and Methods

CREATIVE ARTS

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Visual Arts

  • Different colors, surface textures, and shapes to create form and meaning

  • Dramatic Play

  • Art as a form of self-expression

  • Music activities

  • Movement to music of various tempos

MATH SKILLS

  • Learn address and phone numbers

  • Colors, sizes, shapes, and positions(under, over, and around)

  • Numbers and prewriting skills, shape identification, letter recognitions, sounds, and rhyming

  • Simple addition and subtraction

  • Numeracy

  • Computation and Algebra

  • Data Analysis

  • Geometry

  • Measurement

APPROACHES TO PLAY & LEARNING

  • Effective social skills to develop a positive relationship with others

  • Positive attitude toward learning

  • Self-motivation for learning

  • Listening skills

  • Ability to set goals and develop and follow through on plans

  • Understanding, accepting, and following rules and routines

  • Self-help skills to promote a good self-image and high self-esteem

  • Sense of self-worth

  • Persistence, cooperation, self-control, and motivation to learn

  • Flexible Thinking

  • Growing confidence

  • Responsibility for age-appropriate tasks

  • Turn taking during activities with other children

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Knowledge of self, family, and culture

  • History and Events

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • Citizenship

PHYSICAL HEALTH & GROWTH

  • aking care of personal needs, such as dressing (zipping, buttoning, tying) and knowing what clothes to wear

  • Eating skills (using utensils, napkins, and a cup or glass; setting a table)

  • Health skills (washing hands, bathing, blowing nose, how to brush teeth)

  • Grooming skills (combing hair, cleaning nails)

  • Good nutritional practices

  • New foods, a balanced menu, essential nutrients

  • Management of personal belongings