The Early Years Program (ages 3-5)
Children in our Early Years Program learn in a rich and stimulating environment which fuels enthusiasm for learning. Child-centered learning is at the heart of what we do and we recognize that a young child’s development, learning, and play is holistic.
The main goal of the program is to provide each child with a sound educational foundation, while also developing a sense of responsibility, independence, compassion, fairness and respect for self and others.
Speaking, Understanding, and Listening
Students practice listening to one another, taking turns in class discussions, expressing opinion, holding a conversation, narrating a well-known poem or story
The children begin to learn how to rhyme, break down words into syllables, learn the alphabet and the sounds that each letter makes. They begin to put consonant-vowel-consonant words together and sound out and blend to write and read new words.
Instructors introduce an awareness of books and help develop an awareness of print. Students use illustrations to help to tell a story and to recognize the beginning, middle, and end. They identify a story’s setting along with its characters and their roles. They also recognize and read familiar words.
Students develop an awareness of print marking, dictating a sentence or caption to match an illustration. They learn how to hold a pencil correctly, using the tripod grasp, and practice fine motor skills such as tracing. They begin to form and write letters correctly, including writing their own names with the correct uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Famous people from the past
- Important events and festivals
- The chronology of our lives
- Different types of environments
Concepts & Topics
- The Five Senses and learning how humans use them
- The names of our main body parts and internal organs
- How we grow and what we need to keep healthy
- The life cycle of an animal
- How to care for plants, observing their growth, and learning about the life cycle
- The basic properties of water, air, and light
- Observing, describing, and recording characteristics of the weather and seasons
- The importance of conservation, how energy can be saved, and how many items can be recycled
- Observing, describing, and recording the effects of magnets on various objects and other magnets