Two-&-a Half-Year-Old Curriculum
Our two &-a-half-year-old children use the A Beka Language Enrichment Curriculum which includes a variety of themes, posters, related songs, stories and suggested art activities. They also work hard on social skills, learning to share, separating from parents, how to work in a group, and how to use many types of manipulative learning toys and school tools. While we focus on broad themes such as the Farm, the Ocean or seasons, we also use a small amount of Abeka 2's Nursery curriculum for introduction of numbers, shapes and colors.
We work on developmental skills every day with manipulatives that help us learn to make patterns, sort, classify, problem solve, and use critical thinking skills. We participate in a circle time each day to learn about the calendar, the weather, the pledge to our flag, share time, and an area of study for the day. We take turns being the helping hand each day. We make time to use our big muscles on the playground and use our fine motor skills with a variety of activities in the classroom like tracing a letter, or using scissors. We work on social skills, with manners, cooperation and respect for others. We practice obeying our teachers the very first time and earn stickers towards the treasure box for a job well done. Once a week we go to chapel and once a week we visit our Musical Moves class.
Our four-year-olds have a very busy schedule that includes circle time, calendar, weather, letter of the week, music class, Pee Wee Fitness class, chapel, recess, free choice play, math activities, writing practice, work with phonics, organized games, thematic activities/weekly special themes, developing friendships, dramatic play, and using activities that help problem solve to think critically and creatively. We make it our goal to have all of our children prepared for kindergarten by the end of the year.