When preparing children for success in school and life, it’s more important than ever to educate the whole child. Assumption’s Early Childhood Program does just that.
The most important function of our Early Childhood curriculum is to guide each child to be a creative, confident thinker. This means offering him/her opportunities for hands on exploration and discovery that help build lifelong critical thinking skills and foster confidence. We value play as a vehicle to understanding the world by challenging your child to question, hypothesize, wonder, predict and investigate. It also means supporting each child to take initiative, accept responsibility, feel confident and have a sense of belonging.
We encourage active learning in which each child is immersed in his/her own interests and discoveries as he/she poses questions and figures out answers with the teacher as the “tour guide” in the classroom. Students then begin to see themselves as explorers, discoverers, problem solvers and inventors.
Our curriculum is based from the Creative Curriculum Philosophy of Education. We focus on 38 objectives for development and learning that are aligned with the Missouri State Standards for Early Childhood Education. The following are the areas of development that we focus on throughout the curriculum and in our daily Learning Centers:
· Literacy Development- literacy as a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension, and books and other texts.
· Mathematics Development- number and operations, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, patterns (algebra), grouping and data analysis.
· Physical Development - independent self-help skills, self-control of body, spatial awareness, fine motor development and safety awareness.
· Science Development- the physical properties of objects and materials, sensory exploration, characteristics of living things, and Earth’s environment.
· Social and Emotional Development - the ability to adapt to different environments, accept transitions, follows routine, exhibit self-awareness skills, work cooperatively with others, build relationships with others, and develop self-control.
· Social Studies- people and how they live, change related to people and places, and simple geography. · Religion-Alleluia! (OSV Pub) is Christ-centered, nurturing young children's natural tendency to seek a relationship with God, reinforcing a strong sense of community and love. It is a developmentally appropriate curriculum that utilizes hands-on, experiential learning techniques such as art, dramatic play, music, crafts, and discussion to fully engage and energize the children at home and in the classroom.
· Technology- Students use classroom iPads that encourage fine motor development, literacy skills, mathematics skills and critical thinking skills. The use of iPads in the classroom is an additional tool for learning and success.
· Teacher’s Role -The curriculum is designed to help teachers plan and implement developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children at all skill levels. Recent research indicates that the way adults interact with children is the primary mechanism for child development and learning. The teacher’s role is to help guide students to become well rounded learners. The curriculum also offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction by helping teachers meet the needs of every learner, with a particular focus on literacy and language development.