The Tot's curriculum is designed to help a 2-year-old develop the skills both physically and mentally to understand enough of his immediate environment to be able to be a part of a group and contribute to a group. The curriculum is like the adhesive that binds the group together. Although the program is individual, each student knows he is working on gaining new skills--new abilities, that he can share with classmates and family. As the children move through their programs they begin to help each other to learn the skills that they have and another does not yet have. It's really quite fun to watch. The pride a student feels as each step of the curriculum is attained is what gives a child self confidence and motivation--even at a 2-year-old level.
The Tot's curriculum is the stepping stone to becoming a real student. It prepares them to begin the reading program, to learn to write, gives them the foundation for problem solving and the skills for taking on these challenges.Please take a look at the Tot's Program Checklist
The Pre-K curriculum addresses each student. A Pre-K student is able to be a part of a group, able to sit and work, help others and much more. This level is even more individual. A student comes into the group and is placed at the correct level for each step of the curriculum. For example if the alphabet is already known by 3 students and not known by 7, only the 7 would work on learning the alphabet and they may all be on a different letter. The students on this level are able to sit and work for about 30-40 minutes at one sitting. Their day begins with excercize, alphabet and phonics drills. Then it's onto reading their words, then their books. There are 20 book levels in Pre-K. Often they read their book to another student. Next is onto tracing or learning to write letters, most do some cutting skills daily either in the form of a cutting workbook, or cutting out pictures to match the words they are reading. Several students have color by alphabet or quantity workbooks which require being able to read many colors. Others are on hidden picture workbooks. Each child has a folder with his materials and has some choice in what order they are done in.Mid morning is snack and bike riding time. Other mid morning activities include outdoor play and running laps.
After lunch, clean-up, and outdoor play begins rest time and the next class time. Some students go right down for nap, but most students in Pre-K and Kindergarten go to class. We run two classes at this time with half of the students in each and then switch classes after one half hour. One group does workbooks. (There are about 200 from the easiest to the hardest.) The other group works on sorting skills, pegboard skills, patterning skills, etc. Each student has a chart so that they can go smoothing from one step to the next in each skill. Both of these classes are designed to increase their thinking and reasoning skills. This class runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. except on field trip day. Some students take a short nap at 2:00. The rest continue with classes.The day finishes with snack, outdoor play, art, music etc.
The Kindergarten curriculum continues on from the Pre-k levels. As most preschools do not teach the skills for this level, it is not common to place a child in the Kindergarten class without having them first complete the Pre-K requirements.
Some of the competencies a student completing Kindergarten has are: have completed their
basic phonetics workbooks, have about 50-300 word reading vocabulary, have mastered their
kindergarten math skills, can hike 2-3 miles, can write words, can use communication skills
as well as thinking and reasoning skills well, get along with others and most important, they love learning and
want to continue to do so.
For all class levels, the weekly fielld trips are chosen based on several factors: weather, the ability of the students to stay with their group, follow directions, get along with each other, manners, etc. Of course some of the trips are designed to practice the above skills as well as learn more about the world around them.