Toddler and Infant Curriculum

The infant/toddler program provides a safe, nurturing and loving place for them to explore developmentally and age appropriate activities in a multi-age group. I incorporate activities to develop language skills by the use of sign language, promote gross motor development, and sensory experiences. The infant/toddler center contains stacking cups, pop-up-toys, pull and pushing toys, infant toys, sensory blocks, balls, chain-link and snap together manipulative, shape sorting toys, soft books, and soft play forms. As the child grows so does the infant/toddler program. I individualize all child directed learning and them based curriculum to the infant/toddler development stage, so the child learns to "wonder". 

Pre-school and Pre-k Curriculum

The Pre-School and Pre-K curriculum is based on when a child naturally begins to “wonder” about the world around. This program has intergraded play-based curriculum and teacher facilitated theme-based learning to give the child a unique educational opportunity in an intimate learning environment.  

 

The majority of the curriculum is play-based; Children learn through play and research has proven that PLAY=LEARNING. Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills it is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence. The children will develop a positive self-esteem with regard to their competence in using language, math adeptly, and thinking in a problem–solving mode in a play-based curriculum. The children are given unlimited creative play time to explore 7 learning centers.

 

Art Center

Includes painting supplies, pencils, crayons, markers, collage materials, glue and scissors, various paper supplies. Where children are allowed to create their very own art!

Construction and Design Center

Has wooden blocks, foam blocks, large and small vehicles, animals, people, miniature furniture, and a wooden house.

Dramatic Play Center

Contains baby dolls, strollers, stuff animals, blankets, pillows, and role playing outfits. Children create their own world of wonders acting out all the new information that they receive from their world.

Literacy and Oral Language Center

Houses books on tape, felt board for storytelling, books, puppets, and literacy writing station. Learning  literacy is by recognition of their first “Letter” in their name which has meaning to the child. I teach their “Letter” by pointing it out during story time while reading books, telling stories on the felt board, and during creative play at the literacy writing station. Most of alphabet is learned by recognizing all the “Letters” of their family members and friends. Learning with meaning is inspiring children to “wonder”.

 

The theme-based curriculum is individualized to give child a unique learning experience. The themes which are being facilitated: Weather, Seeds, Insects, Pond life, Dinosaurs, Human Body, Transportation, Apples, Leaves, Pumpkins, Farm Life, Holidays, Native Americans, Pilgrims, Snow, Antarctica Life, Ocean Life, Wild Life, and Holiday Celebrations satisfy the standards for pre-school and pre-k for State of Colorado.  With each theme I rotate materials in regards to books, songs, finger plays, puzzles, sensory table, science, pre-math games, letter games, and art to inspire the child to “wonder”.

Math and
Manipulative Center

Includes magnetic numbers and letters, puzzles, games, various sizes of legos, bristle blocks, peg boards, beads to string, lacing shapes, ring construction set, pattern blocks and picture cards,and a marble race. These table top toys introduce your child to the world of math and encourage your child to classify, sequence, sort, match by size and shape, and experiment with other pre-math skills.

Science and Sensorial Center

Where the sensory table is located it is rotated with materials that coordinate with the theme curriculum.  Then in the science area there are rocks, shells, and other seasonal items from nature, magnets and magnetic items, balance scale with bears, “My body Anatomy model”, magnifiers, world maps and globe, and the planets hanging from the ceiling.

Social Emotional Curriculum

The Pre-School and Pre-K curriculum is based on when a child naturally begins to “wonder” about the world around. This program has intergraded play-based curriculum and teacher facilitated theme-based learning to give the child a unique educational opportunity in an intimate learning environment.  

 

The majority of the curriculum is play-based; Children learn through play and research has proven that PLAY=LEARNING. Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills it is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence. The children will develop a positive self-esteem with regard to their competence in using language, math adeptly, and thinking in a problem–solving mode in a play-based curriculum. The children are given unlimited creative play time to explore 7 learning centers.

"C"

Caring and Cooperative Classroom

This is achieved through positive guidance techniques by using the three “CARES “safety rules:

 

  • We keep ourselves safe,

  • We keep each other safe,

  • We keep our things safe.

 

These three rules teach children what is expected as appropriate behavior for all children.

"A"

Assertiveness Strategies

I teach children to assert themselves in positive ways by developing a sense of their self-worth by using their words to express emotions, needs, ideas, and their point of view.

"R"

Relationship Skills: Strategies in initiating and maintaining relationships

To enhance children’s abilities to form positive relationships with other children I will help your child engage in play, developing friendships, and respecting diversity.

"E"

Emotional regulation and reactivity strategies

This is a skill of the child’s ability to control their emotions, and react in appropriate way to emotional situations. I will use strategies to help a child express his/her feelings, control impulses, and self regulate their emotions.

"S"

Self Control: Managing aggression and conflict

I help a child acquire skills concerning problem solving and conflict resolution, alternatives to aggression, and recognition of one’s responsibility and consequences of those actions.

Qualistar Evaluation

My program was evaluated by Qualistar and has received a rating of 3 stars. In the evaluation this was mentioned by the evaluator, “The program (Wondering Bee Childcare) had several strengths, but the social component of the program really stood out. The provider was very skilled at providing logical consequences for children, and encouraging children to solve their own problems. Discipline was used to teach appropriate behaviors, not punish. The Provider uses a calm supportive tone throughout the day.”

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