Curriculum overview

3 levels of our comprehensive curriculum meet the needs and skill set of all of our student’s academic needs.  We also have a developed a specialized curriculum that we work on individually at school and at home!

 

We assess our students in the first months of school to see where they fall on our academic scale.  We will place each student in one of our specialized curriculum levels where they will feel the most successful amongst their peers!  As they graduate and master these skills, they will move up to the appropriate level to help them achieve the highest level of academic success.

 

 

What will my student be doing in each level?

 

Level #1

Students that have not had any academic schooling usually fall in this group where we work to master these skills.

 

★Improve pencil control by using fingers rather than the whole fist to grasp pencil and stylus.

★ Draws with a variety of tools (crayons, pens, pencils, markers)

★ Scribble-writes in a linear fashion

★Build fine motor skills by cutting, coloring, and writing.

★ Use language building concepts to communicate with others for a variety of purposes (for example, describing something, making requests, greeting someone, etc.)

★ Starts to recognizes the letters of their own name

★ Knows some letter names and sounds

★ Identifies shapes such as circle, square, rectangle, rhombus, and triangle

★Recognizes and matches small quantities to the number words 1, 2 and 3

★ Shows interest in numbers

★ Can count along to 20 with help, although might make mistakes

★ Begin to use a variety of art tools such as crayon, construction paper, scissors, and colored pencils

★ Recognizes colors

★ Drawings have basic resemblance to objects and people

★ Articulates what he/she is drawing

★ Follow rules for simple childhood games (board games and group circle games).

★ Attend and listen to illustrated picture books with simple story lines.

 

Level #2

Students have mastered all of Level #1 skills fall in this group.

Students will work on mastering these skills in class.

 

★ Writing their first name with correct letter formation

★ Name the Uppercase Alphabet letters

★ Name the Lowercase Alphabet letters

★ Know most the letter sounds

★ Color inside the lines with a variety of tools

★Cutting out shapes, down lines, and around objects

★Draw a dimensional picture of a person that includes a head (with eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, hair), neck, body, arms (with hands) and legs (with feet)

★Carry out multi-step oral directions that have been accompanied by preliminary demonstration.

★Counting to 50 without help

★After listening to an oral description of a scene, recreate the scene in pictures.

★Memorize and recite independently a simple nursery rhyme, poem or song.

★Attend and listen to picture books with story lines (30 minutes), as well as books of other genres, such as nonfiction (15 minutes).

★Continue a complex, two-color pattern of objects represented by a pattern card.

 

Level #3

Students that have mastered Level#1 and Level #2 will move to our specialized reading group.

 

★ Write their first and last name

★Counting to 100 without help

★ Cut: Use various tools and techniques in completing art projects.

★ Recognize and produce words that rhyme

★ Match some spoken and written words

★ Write letters, numbers, and words

★ Recognize some familiar words

★ Identify initial, final, and medial (middle) sounds in short words (for example, sit, sun)

★ Decode simple words in isolation (the word with definition) and in context (using the word in a sentence)

★ Retell the main idea, identify details (who, what, when, where, why, how), and arrange story events in sequence

★Sight words and reading books will be used in small group instruction

Spanish Introduction

 

Play-based curriculum in Spanish

Children are engaged in an atmosphere of play. The learning environment is similar to a birthday party: the children learn without ever really thinking that they are being taught Spanish.

In a day at Smartypants, children will rotate through 25-30 minute hands-on language-rich activities in centers taught in a language introductions setting. Children will prepare and eat a snack in Kitchen activities, play “cat and mouse” in Games activities, build a toy catapult in Shop activities, make a piñata in Art activities, play kickball in Gym activities, and act out Jack and the Beanstalk in Drama. Each activity center provides a different setting needed for children to learn a wide variety of vocabulary and grammar through practice without even being aware that they are learning it. There are no language exercises, memorization drills, worksheets, or dialogues. 

Beyond Spanish Immersion

  • Small group sizes. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 9 children in beginning levels so that each child can receive individual attention necessary to practice skills throughout the day’s activities.

  • Trained teachers. Trained teachers model the language that children need to say throughout each activity so the children are able to start practicing Spanish from the very first day.

  • Research based. Our language system uses Basic Mobilizing Concepts identified through years of research that speed up the language-learning process that quickly gives children speaking proficiency in areas of communication most important to the child. 

  • Fun activities. Because this is an intro to Spanish, activities are fun and interesting enough to keep the children’s attention.  At Smartypants preschool we have hundreds of hands-on activities and a method for optimizing those activities for language-learning for young children.