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Our curriculum  is based upon the philosophy of learning through play. It is organized around three major goals: Cognitive Development, Social-Emotional Development and Physical Development. Under each goal are developmental skills which the teachers use as objectives in planning thematic learning units and daily routines. All children will not master these skills at the same time. The teachers encourage them to progress through the curriculum and to achieve their maximum potential in preparation for kindergarten.

Cognitive Development


Intellectual Skills

  • identifies objects in pictures and the environment

  • classifies in broad terms (e.g.big/small)

  • identifies characteristics of the environment through the senses (, day/night)

  • has an awareness of numbers

  • has an awareness of colors and shapes

  • perceives God as a loving presence


Language Skills (oral, aural, written)

  • participates in music and rhythmic activities

  • listens to short stories

  • speaks in simple sentences

  • states first and last name when asked

  • names parts of the body


Social-Emotional Development



  • expresses feelings and needs

  • follows simple directions

  • follows routines with assistance (e.g. toilet, hand washing)

  • understands classroom routines

  • displays a variety of responsive behaviors

  • shows pride in accomplishments

  • begins to handle transitions



  • engages in parallel play

  • takes turns sometimes


Physical Development


Large Motor Skills

  • runs, jumps, climbs

  • climbs up and down stairs

  • throws and kicks a ball

  • catches a rolled ball

  • assists with outerwear

  • claps


Small Motor Skills

  • participates in fingerplays

  • scribbles with fat crayons

  • manipulates simple objects (e.g. puzzles, beads, play-doh, shape sorters)

  • pours from one container into another

  • feeds self with spoon

  • drinks from a cup  

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