Curriculum

Children’s Horizons curriculum standards are based on the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and care requirements and their Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences.  Recognizing that not all children learn at the same rate we provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on each child’s individual needs, educating the whole child.

Our three year old program: For many, preschool is your child’s first time away from home.  They will learn how to separate from their parents and transition into their school day, exploring the new world around them.  We will facilitate the development of their social skills through play and discovery.  They will build self-esteem and their relationships with other children and adults in a safe and supportive environment. This is a time for your child to expand his/her knowledge of basic concepts (letters, numbers, colors and shapes.)  They will be offered a wide variety of developmentally appropriate games, toys and materials. They will practice communication skills through sharing and taking turns. They will practice self-help skills and independence (dressing, hand-washing, toileting, etc.)  Through various indoor and outdoor activities they will strengthen their gross motor skills.

Our four-five year (Pre-K) program: This year we concentrate on building on a child’s early skills to prepare them for their entrance into elementary school.  They will further develop language learning (writing and pre-reading), problem solving, and analytical skills through individual, small group and large group activities.   At this level the child is able to expand his/her creativity with the arts through plays and through a deeper appreciation of literature and art.  Children are encouraged to express their own ideas and use their imaginations.  They learn about various places and cultures.  Children participate in open ended as well as guided learning activities and projects. We look for opportunities to develop children’s understanding of scientific concepts through hands on activities.  We identify each child’s special talents and learning style.

Personal and Social Development – This area focuses on children’s perceptions and feelings about themselves, and on their social development and the skills they learn by interacting with peers, adults and family members.

Language and Literacy – In this area the focus is on acquiring language skills to convey and interpret meaning.  An awareness of letters and the link between letters and sounds is developed.

Mathematical Thinking and Problem Solving – Number concepts, patterns, and relationships are explored through the manipulation of concrete objects in meaningful ways.

Scientific Thinking – Exploration, observation, examination, making comparisons, describing observations and making predictions based on those observations are emphasized in this area.

History and Social Studies – Emphasis in this area is on acquiring an understanding of relationships between people and their environment as they study current and historical topics.  It begins with an awareness of self and expands finally to include the larger world.

The Arts – This area gives children opportunities to explore and learn to appreciate different art forms (dance, drama, music and art.) as well as nature and the outdoors.

Physical Development – This component addresses large and small motor development as well as personal health and safety.