Maximum Class Size: 10 Students
Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1-5
Curriculum: Innovations: Doors to Discovery
Accomplish many self-help activities
Incorporate music into the daily routine
Develop awareness and a sense of respect for others
Begin the process of toilet training
Participate in conversations
Scribble and draw with a purpose
Build knowledge of the world through observation and awareness of surroundings
Introduce early math concepts, such as counting and number/shape identification
Increase phonological awareness and awareness of printed text
Increase sensory awareness through sensory activities and play
Introduce letters of the alphabet and other early literacy concepts
Explore artistic expression freely through a variety of media
Demonstrate hand-eye coordination through exploration and manipulation of objects
Build an understanding of small quantities and the concept of "one more"
Acquire capacity to cooperatively play with other children
Developmental screenings are conducted twice yearly, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late Spring, to assess student progress and growth. This allows teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child. Daily communication is sent home on each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.
Doors to Discovery, a literacy-based curriculum, is designed to develop the five areas identified by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the foundation of early literacy success: oral language, phonological awareness, concepts of print, alphabet knowledge and writing, and comprehension. Classrooms are filled with print, language and literacy play, storybook reading, and writing allowing children to experience the joy and power associated with reading and writing while mastering basic concepts about print which research has shown are strong predictors of achievement.
The classroom utilizes a multi-sensory approach to learning, incorporating sensory activities daily.
In regards to discipline, first and foremost, a positive praise theme is used in order to foster good behavior within the classroom. Redirection is also used consistently in our classrooms. If behavior issues persist, the teachers work closely with the parents and our thearpy staff to create an individualized behavior management/modification plan for the child.