Creating a caring community of learners

  • Respect for others
  • Respect for shared space
  • Being a part of a group
  • Social interaction and problem solving
  • Values such as empathy, friendship and giving are stressed

Achieved through: all activities, teacher role modeling, group and individual discussions, community service projects (food drives, fundraisers)

Language Development

  • Increase in vocabulary
  • Putting feelings/desires into words

Achieved through: stories, circle time activities, free play, encouragement and language use from teachers, singing songs, reciting childrens' rhymes and fingerplays, journal activities (putting words/stories to their drawings, paintings and other creations)


  • Asking questions
  • Exploring the world
  • Using all five senses

Achieved through: art tables, sensory bins, block play, outdoor play, nature tables, cooking and science activities, participation in field trips and special community events

Confidence and Positive Self-Esteem

  • Sense of worth
  • Sense of belonging
  • Making simple choices and decisions
  • Sense of independence and control in projects (encouragement of open-ended projects that are self-designed and constructed)

Achieved through: specific words of recognition from teachers (You did it!, Now the room is all clean!),choice of activities during free play, sharing thoughts and ideas at circle time, actively participating in singing and dance classes, independent use of art and building type materials

Large and Small Motor Development

  • Exercising large muscles in legs, arms and back
  • Using fingers and hands

Achieved through: art/drawing tables, playdough/gak, outdoor play, dance class, large motor skill equipment in the downstairs classroom, fingerplays at circle time, cooking and science activities

Cognitive/Academic Development

  • Recognition of letters of the alphabet (upper case letters)
  • Recognition of ones' own name (possibly other names of significance, i.e., Mom, Dad, etc.)
  • Increase in counting, sorting, matching skills, counting up to 10
  • Recognition of shapes, colors and patterns
  • Introduction to the idea of self-portraits

Achieved through: circle time activities, journal time, games, songs, rhymes, felt board activities, art activities, themed monthly units (ie. bugs, farm animals, harvest)

Self-Help Skills

  • Further developing the skills to put on own coats, shoes and other articles of clothing
  • Taking care of personal needs in the bathroom (washing hands, using toilet if applicable, we support potty training)

Achieved through: encouragement and assistance from teachers, modeling peers who are skilled at it, lots of patience, practice and praise, parental support at home

Personal Awareness

  • Knows first and last name
  • Knows how old he/she is

Achieved through: peer and teacher interaction and parental support at home