Specific Curriculum Objectives

Art
The children will:

      1. Be introduces to, and experiment with a wide variety of materials
       that exhibit different physical and sensory qualities (form, texture,
         aroma, etc.)
      2. Be encouraged to use imagination and free expression
      3. Develop the ability to follow instructions
      4. Continue the development of eye and hand coordination
      5. Develop an appreciation of others' interpretations and self 
      expression through art

Cooking
The children will:
Be introduced to the basics of nutrition

  1. Taste and appreciate many different foods.
  2. Identify the food groups
  3. Listen to, understand and follow directions
  4. Learn the importance of safety in the kitchen.
  5. Develop vocabulary.
  6. Gain a sense of pride and accomplishment when sharing our creations with friends and family.

Music
The children will:

  1. Be exposed to various types of musical experiences (singing, playing instruments, listening and participating).
  2. Learn simple songs and sing together.
  3. Gain a basic understanding of melody and rhythm.
  4. Interpret music through rhythm and movement.

*Note: Each week music specialist Nancy Hall instructs Preschool and Pre-K classes with additional experiences in singing, creative movement , dance, and basic instruction in Orff Schulwerk music.

Science and Nature
The children will:

  1. Be exposed to science by exploring nature and the world around them.
  2. Develop awareness of the seasons.
  3. Discover and develop their five senses.
  4. Participate in simple science experiments relating to the physical and natural world.

Group Time and Storytime

    1. Introduces new learning experiences.
    2. Fosters group participation
    3. Stimulates imagery and imagination.
    4. Develops comprehension skills
    5. Stimulates an interest in words and broaden vocabulary
    6. Sharpens listening skills

Dramatic Play

     1. Teaches problem solving through role play
     2. Stimulates communication
     3. Encourages conflict resolution using verbal skills
     4. Foster imagination and creativity using pupperty, acting out familiar
         stories and poetry, and through role play in the dramatic play centers
     5. Provides an opportunity for expression of feelings and attitudes

Building Blocks and Manipulatives
Manipulating a variety of blocks and construction toys (Lego, Tinkertoys, etc):

       1. Helps in gaining mastery of small and large motor skills
       2. Emphasizes cooperation through group projects
       3. Teaches appreciation and respect for another's endeavors
       4. Introduces basic understanding of size and weight relationships, 
           balance and the physical properties of various shapes and materials

Carpentry

       1. Teaches the proper use of toos, including hand saws, hammers,
      clamps, screwdrivers, and sanding blocks  
       2. Further develops hand-eye coordination and maipulative skills
       3. Teaches safety with and around tools
       4. Children learn to understand and follow instructions
       5. Offers new problem solving techniques
       6. Children are introduced to simple measuring tasks and tools

Library Visits

        1. Teach the concepts of borrowing, promises and obligations
          (book return), and care for other's property
        2. Introduces the library as an information resource as well as a place
            to find story books
      3. Reinforces an appreciation of and respect for books

Computer
In the computer center the children will:

        1. Learn and practice beginning computer skills
      2. Apply new and learned concepts through the use of complementary
            and age-approprite computer programs
        3. Continue to realize the rights of others through the use of time limits 
            and turn-taking
        4. Have another venue for individual and collaborative thinking and
           problem solving skills