Maximum Class Size: 16 Students
Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1-8
Curriculum: The DLM Early Childhood Express and Handwriting Without Tears
Demonstrate independence in and contribution to
the classroom setting
Show eagerness and curiosity as a learner
Introduce early reading skills
Learn and enhance concepts of nutrition
Begin to understand concepts of money
Complete small tasks independently
Demonstrate an understanding of a classroom schedule and rules
Increase mastery of handwriting skills, including writing their name and letters of alphabet
Acquire more concrete academic concepts through science experiments, collaborative art projects, group literacy activities, social studies, and many other subject areas
Enrich learning experiences through in depth explorations (cooking activities, special guests, computer exploration, interactive music experiences, practical skills projects, etc.) on our enrichment days
Move with control and balance to perform simple gross motor tasks, such as turning while running, climb on a variety of equipment, and throw overhand with accuracy
Increase ability to resolve conflicts independently
Actively participate in creative movement and drama
Participate actively in a fully inclusive environment, showing empathy and caring for others, as well as, begin to assist others in their endeavors
Introduce and begin to understand more complex divisions of social studies, math, and science
Development screenings conducted twice a year, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late Spring, to assess student progress and growth. These screenings also allow teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child, as well as, allowing teachers to ensure that each child is prepared for kindergarten. Nationally normed kindergarten readiness test administered during the summer before kindergarten. Daily communication sent home on each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.
The DLM Early Childhood Express is a holistic, child-centered program that nurtures each child by offering carefully selected and carefully sequenced learning experiences, based on the latest neuroscience research. It provides materials and ideas to foster the social-emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children, while nurturing the natural curiosity and sense of self that can serve as the foundation for a lifetime of learning. The DLM Early Childhood Express is developed with the whole child in mind, providing opportunities to develop concrete skills through experiences with music, art, storytelling, and teacher-directed lessons that, in addition to skills development, emphasize practice and reflection. There is a heavy emphasis on kindergarten readiness skills such as letter and number recognition, handwriting skills, phonological awareness, and pre-reading skills.
Handwriting Without Tears; a curriculum that focuses on skills beginning with pre-writing concepts and following through developmental stages to writing letters and numbers. Handwriting is taught every day by the teachers, with a staff occupational therapist coming in the classroom to supplement the learning through hand-strengthening activities and fine motor practice.
Age-appropriate technology is available, providing relevant skills for future classrooms in learning how the technology works, how we can gather information using the internet, and providing other learning-based games for the classroom.
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 therapy staff to create an individualized behavior management/modification plan for the child.