Our multicultural curriculum guides children on this next step as they develop in all areas including:
Our language and literacy curriculum includes developing listening, speaking, emergent reading and writing skills. Preschoolers show their expanding vocabulary in how they respond to adult directions and engage in conversations. Spoken Spanish skills flourish at this level. Children who have spent time in our program now communicate more fluently in both Spanish and English. Our teachers continue helping children express their wants and needs more clearly and with greater complexity as their understanding of grammar and syntax grows. Children are read to daily and begin to make sense of letters and print as they engage with reading, writing and word play.
Cognitive development components include math, scientific thinking (science and problem solving), and social systems. Math for our young and intermediate preschool includes counting 1-60, sequencing and patterning, sorting, spatial relationships, and measurement. Core areas of focus in Pre-K include counting 1-100, classification, telling time and spatial relations, understanding numbers, simple addition, geometry and measurement. Our curriculum focus in science includes forming questions, making plans and predictions, and verbally expressing their ideas and thoughts.
Motor development, health and well-being continue at this level as preschoolers refine their movements and learn to use their large muscles to move with purpose and intent, to catch and throw, and to coordinate as they climb. Children’s use of the muscles of their hands and fingers (fine motor development) continues to develop as they learn to feed and dress themselves and using drawing, writing, and other tools.
Our curriculum related to social and emotional development includes three components: emotional development, self-concept, and social competence and relationships. Jardín™’s teachers cultivate the development of these important competencies through modeling and daily activities, and by creating a respectful and diverse environment. Children are provided with learning opportunities to show greater independence, self-awareness, and interest in the feelings of others. They learn ways to engage successfully and positively with their friends. Self-esteem grows daily through free-play with friends.
Our art multicultural curriculum includes multi-step art projects, and encourages the growth of creativity daily through access to a variety of dress up, fantasy, recycled art projects and real-world toys. The curriculum focus in this domain for preschoolers and Pre-K is on how children intentionally use the arts, develop the vocabulary to describe their own creations and begin to combine artistic elements. Our teachers promote creative thinking and innovation by motivating and allowing children to learn in fun and interesting ways.
The domain of Approaches to Learning focuses on the very traits that children must develop so that they can be successful as learners in later schooling and throughout their lives: curiosity, engagement, persistence, inventiveness and risk taking. Milestone goals at this level are focused on how children show their eagerness to investigate new things, engage in play with peers for extended periods of time, persist, experiment with new ways to combine materials, and contribute relevant information to discussions.