Focused on the Child

Focused on the ChildThe School holds a strong belief that curriculum should be appropriate to the child’s age and level of development. Curriculum should also be relevant to: the child’s life experiences and interests; the family and community; and to important content areas such as mathematics, science, and literacy. Our play-based curriculum offers children time to explore ideas, talk about experiences, and make choices, as this is a fundamental part of learning.

Teachers plan curricula using the State of Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Standards as guides. The Framework is designed to support children in all domains of development including personal-social, cognitive, physical, and creative-expressive. Teachers guide children as they develop the skills needed for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Personal-Social DevelopmentA child’s personal-social development involves the sense of self and others. Skills in this domain include demonstrating a sense of self as a learner and a sense of responsibility to oneself and others.

Guided by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework, our play-based curriculum provides children with opportunities to demonstrate awareness of one’s own and others’ feelings; participate in and exhibit self-control in group situations; interact appropriately with peers and familiar adults, and use age-appropriate conflict-resolution strategies.

Cognitive DevelopmentA child’s cognitive development relates to functions of the brain, including language and literacy. Skills in this domain include demonstrating the ability to think, reason, question and remember; engage in problem solving; use language to communicate, convey and interpret meaning; and establish social contacts as a means to understand the physical and social world.

Guided by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework our play-based curriculum provides children with opportunities to: express wonder, ask questions and seek answers about the natural world; recognize and solve problems through active exploration; and express verbally and through writing their experiences, ideas and feelings.

Physical DevelopmentPhysical DevelopmentA child’s physical development relates to small and large muscles in the body. Skills in this domain include: participating in healthy physical activity; demonstrating balance, strength and coordination; and performing self-care tasks independently.

Guided by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework, our play-based curriculum provides children with opportunities to: engage in a wide variety of gross-motor activities; use a variety of materials that promote eye-hand coordination and small-muscle development; demonstrate spatial awareness in both fine- and gross-motor activities; choose nutritious foods; and practice basic hygiene and self-help skills.

Creative-Expressive DevelopmentThe creative-expressive area of development relates to a child’s use of different art forms as a means for creative expression and representation, while also developing an appreciation of the arts.

Guided by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework, our play-based curriculum provides children with opportunities to: create using various media that express or represent experiences, ideas, and feelings; represent fantasy and real-life experiences through pretend play; engage in musical and creative movement activities; and to respond to their own creative work or the creative work of others.

Child AssessmentThe School for Young Children teachers utilizes the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Preschool Curriculum Framework and accompanying Assessment Framework to plan curriculum and to assess the child’s developmental progress. As a result, children develop the skills needed for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Teachers and families meet formally and informally throughout the year to share information about the child’s development.