Early Years Learning
Our Year-Round Program incorporates the following curriculums:-
We believe that children are born with the desire to learn about themselves, about other people, and about the world around them. Our Curriculum describes the full range of experiences we offer children.
We have developed a curriculum for all our children, from infants to Pre-K. Our experienced staff plan their daily activities with the children in their age group on the basis of plans for the whole center.
Our curriculum is organized around the individual child.
The whole curriculum consists of ten areas of development and learning: Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Physical, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Social Studies, The Arts and English Language Acquisition.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning. These objectives are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and State Early Learning Standards, and integrated into each and every one of the comprehensive collection of resources that makes up the curriculum. The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Just like the Common Core State Standards, which provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, The Creative Curriculum’s 38 objectives for development and learning include progressions of development and learning that identify widely held expectations for children of particular ages or classes/grades. This means that when children enter kindergarten, their learning has already been focused on the skills that are essential for success with regard to the Common Core State Standards.
In addition we also use the Kindness Curriculum
This is a curriculum designed to build character and teach the values and skills children need to grow into happy, productive and caring people. This curriculum is full of imaginative, exuberant activities which we aim to deliver in a fun way where the children can reflect, sing, act and express their feelings.
Bullying is a widespread and concerning issue that affects children of all ages. Focusing on character education in the early years, this resource aims to prevent bullying before it starts. We use this comprehensive framework and the developmentally appropriate activities to teach young children compassion, conflict resolution, respect, and other positive, pro-social values as they cultivate a peaceful and supportive learning environment.
THE KINDNESS PLEDGE
(from The Kindness Curriculum by Judith Anne Rice)
I pledge to myself, on this day,
To try to be kind, in every way.
To every person, big and small,
I will help them one and all.
When I love myself and others too,
That is the best that I can do!
When your child starts at Toad Hall, we compile a personalized 'Portfolio'. This 'story' is a record of your child's unique learning and development journey through the Creative Curriculum. These are beautiful keep-sakes as they are indidualized albums of your child that record their first day with us right up to their leaving date.
Your child's portfolio is a collection of different documents that provide a picture of your child's development and include photo's, art work, mark-making and 'wow' notes, such as, saying a new word, demonstrating kindness, getting dressed independently and so forth. These are interspersed with observations made your child's teacher including notes of relevant conversations or comments made by your child. Observations are linked to the Creative Curriculum and Kindness Curriculum and build up a unique picture of what each child knows, understands, feels and can do as well as their particular interests and learning style. Our teachers use this information to plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for your child.
As parents, we too welcome you to contribute to your child's portfolio which can be as often or as little as you wish. This can include activities you have carried out at home, a 'wow' moment, an achievement, caring for a pet etc.
As this is your child's portfolio you are free to take it home at any time, all we ask is that you 'sign it out' (so that everyone knows where it's gone) and return it on your child's next session.