Our Goals & Objectives

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Bright Beginnings Day School

Our curriculum is designed to achieve specific learning goals and objectives.

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.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Self Concept
SE1    recognizes similarities and differences between self and others: gender, cultural identity, self and family characteristics
SE2    develops positive self image: awareness of self as having certain abilities, preferences, characteristics
SE3    demonstrates increasing self-direction, independence, and control
SE4     follows simple rules and routines
SE5    shows interest and respect for work of self and others
SE6    chooses new as well as familiar activities
SE7    cleans up own work/play space independently

Relationships
SE8    uses play to explore and practice social roles and relationships
SE9    interacts comfortably with familiar adults
SE10    begins to participate as a member of a group: takes turns and shares, sustains interaction by helping, cooperating, expressing interest
SE11    interacts with one or more children; develops special friendships
SE12    participates in group song, dance, acting-role play
SE13    able to resolve some conflicts, uses constructive language
SE14    seeks help or information when needed from adults

Emotional Development
SE15    recognizes and describes own emotions
SE16    manages feelings appropriately
SE17    explores emotions through play, art, music, dance
SE18    shows empathy and caring to others, respond to others emotions

Communities
SE19    awareness of diverse backgrounds, cultural/global knowledge
SE20    understands family roles, relationships, rules, jobs
SE21    some knowledge of technology and media
SE22    can tell functions of some community helpers, parent’s jobs, careers
SE23    awareness of community rules, governance

SE24    describes characteristics of things in the
environment: home, school, park, community

SE25    awareness of caring for the environment


APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Imagination
AL1     is creative, flexible, and inventive in play experiences
AL2     takes on various roles in make-believe play uses new
AL3    strategies to solve problems


Curiosity
AL4     shows a willingness to participate, is eager to join play events
AL5    demonstrates inquisitiveness about subjects and objects

Persistence
AL6     is not easily discouraged, seeks help to over  come problems
AL7     works at a task despite distractions or interruptions
AL8    is able to complete a task or stay engaged

Reflection
AL9    observes or contemplates and applies that knowledge to a new situation
AL10     generates ideas, suggestions
AL11    makes a plan before beginning a task

Risk-Taking
AL12    welcomes new experiences, situations, play events, materials, friends

LANGUAGE/LITERACY

Listening
L1     follows 2 and 3 step directions of increasing complexity
L2     gains meaning by listening to stories, directions, conversations
L3     understands verbal and non-verbal cues
L4    listens and recognizes sounds in rhymes and words

Conversation
L5    expresses needs, wants, thoughts through non-verbal gestures, (exposed to sign language), progressing to verbal cues in English or their home language
L6    child speaks clearly (is understood by both familiar and unfamiliar adults)

L7    initiates asking questions and responds in conversation with others
L8    shares opinions, experiences, and ideas with others with words
L9    uses verbal and nonverbal conversational rules (takes turns, eye contact, loud and soft voice as appropriate, etc.)
L10    exposed to Spanish language

Vocabulary
L11    understands words and meanings: points to or names body parts, matches or names colors, matches or names basic shapes, correctly uses time words and phrases, says name/address
L12    understands quantitative concepts (by pointing  to pictures or using words depicting little/big, short/tall, slow/fast, thin/fat, less/more, empty/full, few/many, heavy/light, shallow/deep, narrow/wide)
L13    understands directions/positional concepts (by pointing to pictures or using words depicting go/stop,
far/near/up/down, over/ under, out/in)
L14    vocabulary is rapidly expanding
L15     connects phrases and sentences to build ideas
L16    speaks in sentences using grammar that is  age-appropriate
L17    knows and sings songs

Emergent Reading
L18    interest/motivation in reading: following along  as a book is read, attempting to read by looking at illustrations, handling books appropriately, actively chooses books
L19    understands text read aloud: recalling part or most of a story or representing it with play or media, asking and answering questions about stories read aloud
L20    age-appropriate phonological awareness: can combine syllables to make a word, combine words to make compound words, recognizes words that rhyme, associates sounds with letters and words, recognizes matching sounds
L21    alphabetic knowledge: can recite the alphabet,  names or recognizes some letters and sounds – especially their own name, recognizes and names most letters
L22    understands left to right, top to bottom process of reading

Emergent Writing
L23    interested in written expression: scribbling, drawing a person
L24    is aware of the uses and functions of symbols and print to convey meaning
L25    is aware that a word is made up of letters
L26    beginning to copy or write own name
L27    age-appropriate writing: tracing, copying letters and numbers, copying shapes and symbols
L28    understands structure: beginning, middle, end of a story

CREATIVE ARTS

Art Expression    
A1    uses a variety of art materials for exploration
A2    is able to create something unique from other children: creative, imaginative work
A3    appreciates artistic creations of others and art events
A4    shares opinions about likes and dislikes of art and other creative expression

Music
A5     participates in group music
A6     experiences explores with sound, melody, tone, rhythm, beat
A7    uses and shows interest in a variety of musical instruments for expression

Creative movement
A8     participates in creative movement and dance
A9    is able to design original movements and interpretations

Dramatic Play
A10    participates in creative dramatic play and make believe
A11    is able to play cooperatively with other children
A12    utilizes props to enhance play environment
A13    develops new ideas and role play situations by using imagination

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT/HEALTH

Fine Motor
PD1    strength and control: folding and creasing paper, building with small blocks, manipulating play dough and clay
PD2    eye-hand coordination: strings beads, completes puzzles, sews through holes in lacing cards, ties knots and loops, tears paper, uses eating utensils, uses a keyboard
PD3    uses scissors to cut shapes from paper  
PD4    beginnings control of writing, drawing, art tools, art/craft mediums

Gross Motor
PD5     balance and control: walking forward, back ward, heel-to-toe, on tiptoe and on a straight
line, walking on a balance board, hopping on one foot, jumping with two feet
PD6     coordinates movement: walking up and down stairs, running smoothly, kicking a ball, throwing a ball, bouncing and catching a ball, skipping, clapping

PD7     develop strength, flexibility, and stamina  through play and by using equipment

Self Care
PD8    undresses or dresses self other than help with difficult fasteners    
PD9    increasing knowledge of healthy eating, good nutrition: tries new foods, willing to eat well-balanced diet, interested in various tastes, colors, and textures of food
PD10    washes hands and face without assistance
PD11    brushes teeth independently
PD12    uses tissue for nose, napkin for hand/face appropriately, independently
PD13    cares for toileting needs independently
PD14    participates in a variety of physical activities
PD15    follows basic safety and health rules
PD16    demonstrates visual and auditory ability and general good health and sleep habits to enable learning

SCIENCE


Observation
S1    explores materials and makes observations, predictions based on information gathered from the senses
S2    makes observations of living vs. non living things, nature, environment, weather by physical characteristics
S3    makes predictions based on past experiences and observations
S4    is aware of concepts of time/sequence of events: past, present, and future especially as they relate to sequence of routines such as bedtime, lunchtime, morning, night, etc.

Questioning
S5    asks why, where, when, how, what and seeks answers through exploration

Investigation
S6    classifies objects by function
S7    uses tools such as scale, magnifier, bug catcher, map, binoculars for investigation
S8    uses “if/then” and “cause/effect” reasoning
S9    makes comparisons among objects and groups
S10    solves problems by making a plan of 1-3 actions and following through with it

MATH
Numbers
M1    rote counting and sequencing of numbers
M2    recognizes both numerals and number names
M3    understands and uses 1-1 correspondence
M4    counts and builds sets
M5    compares quantities in sets and uses appropriate vocabulary: equal, more, less
M6    understands adding and subtracting from a set
M7    begins to understand dividing sets into parts up to fourths
M8    understands and uses ordinal terms (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Patterns
M9    match or sort by color, size, shape, texture: classifies by attributes, makes comparisons
M10    recognize patterns: can tell “what comes next?”
M11    duplicate simple patterns, then extends and creates patterns
M12    identify pattern groups (red/yellow, kitten/puppy)
M13    seriate a group of like objects (small, medium, large, or light, medium, dark)

Measurement
M14    understands, compares and analyzes
quantities of length, height, weight, time, or amount between two or more groups
M15    use tools such as a ruler or scale
M16    develops growing abilities to collect, describe, and record information through a variety of means such as discussion, maps, charts, or graphs

Geometry
M17    identifies basic shapes
M18    understands that shapes remain the same when flipped, rotated
M19    understands symmetry
M20    can recognize some three dimensional shapes: cone, cylinder, pyramid etc.

Spatial Relations
M21     understands and uses positional words: up, down, below, inside, outside, top, bottom, in front,
behind, beside, etc
M22     can describe position from different perspectives: “I am, you are”
M23     can use simple directions to move from place to place: obstacle course, directional games, hopscotch

Reasoning
M24    use simple strategies to solve mathematical problems
M25    experiments with puzzles and blocks to create solutions, build structures or move through a process to reach a goal

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