Curriculum

Our curriculum offers children many opportunities to engage in a wide variety of meaningful activities that develop social, literacy, math, science and creative skills necessary to become confident learners.

Erdman Preschool follows the MA Early Learning Standards and PreK curriculum frameworks.  Our curriculum is hands-on and play-based as this is how young children learn best.

Here are some reasons why we do certain activities, what the learning is that’s going on, why they are important, and what they are preparing for.
  
WORKING WITH CREATIVE MATERIALS (CRAYONS, PAINTS, SCISSORS…)

  • Develops fine motor skills to be used in writing
  • Expands a child’s imagination and creativity 
  • Encourages proper work habits (i.e., taking care of materials and learning how to plan a project) 
  • Develops safety habits 
  • Allows children to express emotions 
  • Shows child’s progression of development (samples of first work compared with late samples)

LITERACY AND LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

  • Widens child’s vocabulary and imagination
  • Encourages a lifelong interest in books 
  • Helps the child listen for content 
  • Provides opportunity for planning dramatization and creative play
  • Increases attention span 
  • Develops articulation and language skills (teacher and other children as models) 
  • Provides for group communication
  • Helps child in sequencing (beginning, middle and end of story)
  • Aids visual discrimination, attention to details (necessary for letter recognition)
  
EXPLORING SENSORY MATERIALS (SAND, CLAY, PLAYDOUGH, WATER….)

  • Develops imagination 
  • Helps regulate emotions
  • Provides opportunity for concept development (big, small, more, less, volume, mass, measurement)
  • Helps child discuss what he is doing (language development) 
  • Develops small muscle control (fine motor coordination) 
  
PLAYING WITH BLOCKS

  • Gives opportunity to play cooperatively 
  • Develops imagination 
  • Helps develop big muscles of arms and legs (large blocks) 
  • Helps develop small muscles in hands (small blocks) 
  • Helps eyes and hands work together in balancing and building 
  • Provides an atmosphere for language and dramatic play 
  • Helps child with concepts of big, bigger, tall, short, heavy, etc… 
  • Introduces concepts of balance, gravity, fractions
  
DRAMATIC PLAY IN HOUSEKEEPING CORNER 

  • Helps process and understand family and community roles and situations
  • Provides opportunity for recall of events in sequence 
  • Encourages language development 
  • Encourages cooperation, creativity and flexibility 
  • Allows children to acknowledge others feelings
  
HELPING WITH HOUSEKEEPING ACTIVITIES

  • Helps children assume responsibility 
  • Encourages habits of neatness and orderliness 
  • Gives child a feeling of being a contributing member of the group 
  • Provides the opportunity for a child to sequence an activity

EXPERIENCING MUSIC AND RHYTHM

  • Helps in listening to and discriminating sounds (necessary prereading skills)
  • Provides an opportunity for following directions 
  • Helps child participate in a group 
  • Encourages an enjoyment and sense of rhythm 
  • Develops large muscle skills (running, hopping, jumping…)
  • Provides an appropriate outlet for energy
  
SWINGING, CLIMBING, OTHER OUTDOOR PLAY

  • Develops large muscles of legs, arms, and torso 
  • Helps child to learn to take turns, play and plan cooperatively with peers 
  • Allows child to increase strength, balance, and coordination 
  • Creates an appreciation for natural surroundings and care of environment
  
SNACK

  • Stimulates sociability – sharing of conversation 
  • Develops basic principles of good nutrition 
  • Improves perceptual motor skills, (i.e. pouring) 
  • Develops math skills – counting, dividing, volume




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Scituate, MA 02066
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     Debby Drain, M.S.Ed.
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