We work on our pre-algebra skills every day, often without the kids realizing it. We practice our number sense while playing with our hand-made store. We explore geometry while creating art or playing games. And we sharpen our measurement skills while conducting science experiments or cooking.
We also integrate Enage NY Math curriculum into our daily routine to help our kids transition into the public school system with ease (this curriculum is now being used by Washington state schools).
We prepare kids to become strong and confident readers. We read books, play out our favorites in our theater, and write and illustrate our own books. We learn phonics through songs. We use a really fun, engaging and well-researched curriculum: Jolly Phonics. It helps the kids recognize the sounds of the letters and builds confident readers.
We focus on pre-writing skills as well. Our age-appropriate activities and games are based on Handwriting Without Tears. We try to stay away from worksheets and instead build letters out of wooden blocks or Legos, play games, sign in every day, write in our journals and sign our art. We practice our fine motor skills through board games, Montessori-inspired activities and art every day.
We encourage kids’ curiosity and critical thinking every day. We conduct experiments and create complex projects and machines.
Twice a week the kids get together to cook their own lunch. They make scrambled eggs, muffins, pasta salad, soup and much more. They choose their menu, plan it and do everything themselves.
We explore music together with our Jolly Music curriculum. We dance together with Rizzmic for Kids program (that we are developing). We listen to everything from jazz to pop, learn to play simple music instruments.
Our preschool is surrounded by almost an acre of Natural wildlife habitat the kids can explore. We watch the animals, create hives for mason bees and tend to our garden. Inside, we have a nature science area with minerals, fossils, x-rays, and empty wasp nests. We have a terrarium with a Russian tortoise the kids help take care of. We observe the birds, squirrels and deer outside and document our findings in our visual journals.