CURRICULUM: THREE TO SIX YEARS
The Primary and Kindergarten curriculum for the School is an individualized program which helps each child develop physically, emotionally, and cognitively at their own pace. The curriculum helps each child gain self-esteem, independence, physical development, and academic achievement.
Children learn how to function successfully in their own environment. They acquire independence, both physically and mentally. Coordination, balance, muscular control, and order are gained through the use of the practical life materials and philosophy employed. Children learn to work independently. Through these materials they build habits of concentration, perseverance, and respect for the environment, the materials and others.
The main objective of the sensorial area is to refine and develop the five senses. The classification, contrasting and comparison of color, shape, smell, feel, temperature, weights, and textures are explored. All of this broadens the child's ability to proceed to a higher level of activity.
The primary purpose is to lay a sound number and geometry foundation. We are interested in numbers, quantities and the decimal system. We teach the basic operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and place value. We also teach fractions and measurements.
All pre-reading and pre-writing skills are emphasized in a sensorial manner. Vocabulary, drama, and diction are an integral part of our curriculum. When a child is ready to read and write, diverse reading material are used. We offer a comprehensive early reading program and we encourage the child to write creatively.
We study living and nonliving things, plants and their parts, animals and their parts, life cycles, metamorphosis and the physical sciences. Seasons and temperature are also part of this study. We introduce beginning zoology including general characteristics of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians and invertebrates. We also discuss basic science involving atmosphere, gravity, floating/sinking, magnetism, shadows, magnifying glasses, sound and the solar system.
Geography, history, calendar, time, holidays, maps and cultures make up part of this section of the curriculum. Each year the studies begin with the “global address” (looking at space and our place in the universe) The Earth is then introduced by continent through a variety of learning materials. There is a study of cultural traditions, food, music and dance. We are able to show the children similarities and differences of different cultures. We introduce the concept of time, including days of the week, months of the year, calendar and clock.
The child must develop skills before being able to create pictures. The child is also introduced to all forms of art expression. This introduction includes studies of pictures by famous artists. Developmental skills including cutting, use of brushes, gluing, drawing and coloring.
This part of the curriculum includes development of skills and appreciation for music. Bell exercises to help develop perceptions of high-low, matching, and scale. Exposure to different types of music and singing.