Our curriculum is designed to prepare your child for their next educational step and a bright future. Our program is designed to meet the needs of your child from 6 months to 5 years, preparing them every step for kindergarten and beyond.
The Fireflies® program, which is our preschool curriculum for children ages 6 months to 5 years, consists of month long learning and activities centered around three themes which change monthly and reinforce targeted learning goals and objectives. Our teachers tailor the program to meet the needs of age groups, as well as on an individual basis.
With those educational goals and objectives in mind, teachers select from daily activities suited to enhance growth and school readiness for our early learners. The Fireflies activities are built around seven developmental domains, Social/ Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language/Literacy, Creative Arts, Physical Development/Health, Science, and Math.
The Fireflies® curriculum is designed to be open-ended and flexible. The curriculum provides ideas that teachers can implement to insure developmental appropriateness. To a great extent, each teacher determines how the program is used in their particular setting. The daily activities provide learning opportunities for children with various developmental needs, experiences, and diverse cultures. Activities and assessment materials are aligned with early learning standards.
In simple terms, Developmentally Appropriate Practice means that activities and programs take into account what each child is ready for. Developmentally appropriate for ages 2 - 5 means that children should be offered a range of opportunities to interact with their environment. Practices that take into account the developmental readiness of each child can boost self confidence and independent thinking.
Children are also provided opportunities for individual expression, and are able to practice decision-making and problem solving. This type of environment promotes skills and discipline, inspires creativity, encourages flexibility, and provides for emotional release. As parents, you can support developmental appropriateness by following the lead of your child’s teacher. Be supportive and involved in your child’s efforts! Also, remember that children can accomplish many things without you seeing a specific project each day.
Daily areas of emphasis include:
Fine Motor Skills
Arts & Crafts
Numbers & Counting
Gross Motor Skills
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