Curriculum at Paideia Preschool

  • Whole-Child Education, Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit Right from the start.

  • Paideia Preschool follows a methodology and instruction standard that provides students a “Whole Education” designed to improve their ability to learn, stretch their imagination, open up new possibilities and offer a variety of learning models to ensure each student is making the most of their Paideia experience.

  • Math Reasoning

    • Patterns and Classification
    • Geometry and Measurement
    • Numbers and Number Sense
    • Computation
    • Money

    Young children seem to be naturally drawn to touching, manipulating and examining the objects they find around them. Our math goal is to build upon this curiosity and desire to explore.

    In the context of experiences with concrete objects and then with pictures, the child is asked to recognize similarities and differences, classify objects and shapes, recognize/create patterns in sequences of objects and make comparisons among objects, using simple measurement skills.

    He or she is also asked to quantify small groups of objects, to count and to demonstrate a basic understanding of addition and subtraction as “putting together” and “taking away.” In each instance, the child is asked to move from the concrete experience to representing knowledge symbolically using mathematical language, such as “more than,” and “less than,” “longer,” “shorter,” umber words (“three” and “four”), numerical symbols (“3″ and “4″), and so on.

    Scientific Reasoning

    • Human Characteristics, Needs and Development
    • Animal Characteristics, Needs and Development
    • Plant Characteristics, Needs and Development
    • Physical Elements (Air, Water, Light)
    • Seasons and Weather
    • Taking Care of the Earth
    • Tools

    Our science curriculum introduces children to a systematic way of looking at, describing and explaining the world around them. Children should be given many opportunities for systematic observation and hands-on investigation of both the living and material world. Building on these experiences, children can progress from describing and explaining what is observed to making predictions based on these observations.

    This systematic approach may be summarized as: (1) reflect and ask questions, (2) plan an activity and predict what will happen, (3) carry out the activity and observe what happens, and (4) report findings (words, drawings, displays, photos, etc.) and reflect on other related questions.

    Language and Literacy

    • Oral Language
    • Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays and Songs
    • Storybook Reading and Storytelling
    • Emerging Literacy Skills in Reading and Writing
    • Print Awareness
    • Print Structure
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Fine Motor Skills

    Music Program
    Our music program enriches your child’s day with exciting fun and an great opportunity to make noise, be a kid, sing, dance, and live in the blissful world of music. Truly enhance and expand your child’s educational experience. A few of the things our music program will focus on are:

    • Attention to Differences in Sound
    • Imitate and Produce Sound
    • Listen to and Sing Songs
    • Listen to and Move to Music

    Arts Program
    Our art program provides a fun and educational exposure to art. Your child will have a great hands-on experience while they explore and develop their creative talents. A few of the things our art program will focus on are:

    • Attention to visual detail
    • Exploration and Creation
    • Art Appreciation

    Movement and Coordination
    Learning movement and coordination skills are essential parts of your childs development. We provide specific emphasis on activities that will help develop these skills in your children. Some of of the skills your child will learn through play and instruction are:

    • Physical Attention and Relaxation
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Coordination
    • Group Games
    • Using the Body Expressively

    Social and Emotional Skills
    Through play and structured learning your child will develop the needed scoial and emotional maturity to prepare them for future learning, inter-personal social skills, work habbits and more. Some of the skills your child will learn through play and instruction are:

    • Autonomy
    • Social Skills
    • Work Habits
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