Curriculum | Little Stars Early Learning Academy

Boy puppeteerWe believe that for the preschool aged child, learning through play is vital to stimulate the child’s interest. As a result our curriculum is play based. We provide stimulating and educational toys and activities, and they do the rest. Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are in control of their own learning. The future of education lies not in creating followers, but in creating innovators who are active, lifelong learners. The classroom is equipped with a collection of our favorite learning materials to stimulate children who may be interested in anything from reading and writing, to math, science, and geography. Children are always learning, and will learn at their own pace in their own way.

Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:30am

Free Play with optional Table Time

9:30 - 9:45am

Morning Circle

9:45 - 10:15am

Art/Science

10:15 -10:45am

Snack and Story Time

10:45 - 11:30am

Dance/Music/Drama

11:30 - 11:50

Dramatic Play

11:50 - Noon

Closing Circle

Enhancing our free-play learning time, each school day also has either a dance, music, or drama class. The dance class explores several genres of dance and movement including ballet, hip hop, and gymnastics. In these classes we focus on letting our students discover how to move their bodies in new ways and explore how to combine movement with various rhythms and tonal patterns. The music class is focused on learning through play and modeling. Parents are invited to participate, because the best model for your child is you. For the drama class, the children learn to express different emotions through their bodies, and how to use their entire body creatively.

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying...What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can (to them); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust "–John Holt

In order “to bring as much of the world” as possible to the classroom, we have planned themes that coordinate with our visual and performing art choices for each week. We plan exciting activities for the children, but remain open to any new topics which the children express interest in. In addition we focus on one letter or number a week to encourage the children's interest in reading, writing, counting and math.

Morning Circle time consists of show and tell opportunities, discussions of current events or interests, calendar, names, and games that stimulate learning and socialization.

Weekly Themes

Fall Session

Winter Session

Spring Session

1 - 2 : Manners

1 – 2: Earth Continued

1 – 2: Weather Continued

3 – 4: Emotions

3 – 5: Space

3 – 5: Animals

5 – 7: I Can Fix It

6 – 7: Safety

6 – 8: Family

8 – 10: My Body

8 – 9: Friends

9 – 11: Fire

11 – 12: Earth

10 – 11: Water

12: Good bye week

 

12: Weather