Curriculum

Children at the Early Childhood Learning Center are exposed to experiences that will aid their development and knowledge in such areas as:

 

RELIGION

  • Awareness of the religious identity of our school
  • God as Creator and Father
  • Jesus as man and Son of God
  • The personal qualities of Jesus which they are called to follow
  • The Holy Family, saints and angels
  • Religious holidays and celebrations
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Some prayers and religious songs

SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-RELIANCE

  • Knowing first and last name, address, telephone number, age and birthday
  • Recognizing name in print
  • Spelling name
  • Awareness of five senses
  • Knowing body parts
  • Knowing left and right
  • Using the bathroom independently
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Practicing good manners
  • Independently selecting materials
  • Returning materials to their proper place
  • Setting up and packing up snacks and lunch
  • Self-control during structured activities as well as free play
  • Having a positive self-image
  • Developing a sense of being part of a larger group (family, school, community, God’s family)
  • Taking pride in work and accomplishments

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS

  • Identifying emotions in others and expressing feelings appropriately
  • Being respectful of teachers and other children
  • Taking care of property
  • Sharing, cooperating, helping
  • Initiating interaction with other children
  • Playing independently
  • Problem-solving and compromising

WORK HABITS

  • Following directions
  • Following daily routines
  • Taking and waiting for turns
  • Lengthening ability to listen quietly and pay attention when someone is speaking
  • Raising hand to speak during structured activity time
  • Working cooperatively in small groups

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • Seasons, holidays, and related customs and behaviors
  • Seasonal, topical, and classic songs, fingerplays, and rhymes
  • Seasonal, topical, and classic stories and books, followed up with recall, discussion, and extension activities
  • Recognizing and naming colors and shapes
  • Developing understanding of relative size and quantity, and one-to-one correspondence
  • Recognizing and categorizing by similarities and differences in color, shape, size, position, and other characteristics
  • Days of the week, months of the year, calendar numbering, the year
  • Patterns and sequence
  • Rote counting
  • Number recognition
  • Reciting alphabet
  • Recognizing capital and lower case letters
  • Knowing some letter sounds and words that begin with those sounds
  • Communicating in sentences
  • Understanding position words, opposites and rhyming words
  • Science and social studies concepts: weather, land and water, animals and their habitats, sensory exploration, cooking, physical and natural phenomena, transportation, communities, community helpers, holidays and traditions, and more

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

  • Correctly holding and using scissors, crayons, pencils, paint brushes, markers
  • Folding, aligning, tracing
  • Developing a sense of left to right progression
  • Pre-writing skills and letter/number formation
  • Engaging in tactile experiences: use of glue, paint, playdough, sand and water
  • Dressing skills: buttoning, zipping, snapping, beginning to tie shoes
  • Stringing beads and buttons, lacing
  • Assembling puzzles
  • Manipulating other small objects

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • Running, jumping, skipping, hopping, climbing, sliding, balancing, clapping, marching, dancing
  • Rolling, passing, tossing, throwing a ball
  • Outdoor structured and free play
  • Awareness of physical self and space in relation to others
  • Stacking and building with a variety of materials