Bright Beginnings Preschool

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Curriculum

Language:  introduction to letters, name recognition, colors, numbers, shapes, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs. 

Each week beginning in September both morning and afternoon we focus on a new letter, color, number, shape and nursery rhyme.

Week #          Letter                Color                  Number          Shape                      Rhyme___________

1.                     A                    Red                      3               circle                       Humpty Dumpty

2.                     F                    Blue                      5               square                    Little Boy Blue

3.                     M                   White                    8                triangle                  Hey Diddle Diddle

4.                     R                   Orange                 12               rectangle                Mother Hubbard

5.                     T                    Brown                   9               oval                        Old Women In A Shoe

6.                     O                   Purple                   1                heart                      Mary Had A Little Lamb

7.                     J                   Green                    7                star                        1,2,3,4,5

8.                     D                   Yellow                   11              diamond                 Hot Cross Buns

9.                     G                   Black                     4               pentagon                Crooked Man

10.                   K                   Pink                      10              octagon                  Song of Sixpence

11.                   S                   Red                        6               hexagon                 Old King Cole

12.                   W                  Blue                       2               shamrock               This Little Piggy

13.                   Y                   White                     14             circle                      Ba Ba Black Sheep

14.                   V                   Orange                  5               square                    Little Miss Muffet

15.                   H                   Brown                    8               triangle                  Itsy Bitsy Spider

16.                   L                    Purple                   12              rectangle               Twinkle, Twinkle

17.                   X                    Green                    9               oval                      Hickory Dickory

18.                   U                   Yellow                    1                heart                    Pat-A-Cake

19.                   Q                   Black                      7               star                      Little Bo Peep

20.                   E                   Pink                       11              diamond                Little Jack Horner

21.                   Z                   Red                         4              cresent                   Three blind mice

22.                   N                   Blue                        10             octagon                 Jack and Jill

23.                   I                    White                      6               hextagon               Mary Quite Contrary

24.                   B                   Orange                    2               shamrock              Queen of Hearts

25.                   C                   Brown                     3               circle                     Three Little Kittens

26.                   P                   Purple                     15              oval                      Pussy-Cat, Pussy-Cat

Once we complete this list then we review two to three letters and numbers again weekly.  New rhymes are added weekly also.

Other topics covered:

Environmental education - Earth, nature, trees, rocks, mountains, wild animals, oceans, rivers, lakes, earth day, recycling, beaches and desserts.

History: Grandparents, Columbus Day, Washington/Lincoln, Martin Luther King, early forms of transportation and more.

Creative Expression: Dramatic play, color focus.  Creative art is a child's own creation. He/she is free to create or design their own ideas using chalk and water, water color, various size brushes and other shaped painting tools, feather painting, salt painting, vegetables for creating shapes, shape rubbings.

Character Education: Manners, making friends, sharing feelings, kindness.

Geography and multicultural: We're alike yet we're different, world celebrations, saying goodbye and hello around the world. Homes/family life around the world, holiday celebrations, winter around the world, clothing around the world, music and dance around the world, various foods and mealtimes, games and toys played around the world.

Sensory: touch, smell, taste, hear and see activity (i.e. clay, sand, water, playdough, shaving cream and more)

Pre-Math: counting, shapes, numbers, matching, patterning, building blocks, cubes, sequencing.

Science: Germs, healthy habits, self-help skills, nature, animals, water table, sense of sight, etc.

Safety: Why we have rules. What is 911?  Keeping safe at home and at school. Fire safety and fire fighters. Toy safety. Stranger safety.  If I get lost what should I do, animal safety.

Literacy/Books for all ages: encourages language, stories and finger play.

Music Appreciation: introduction to instruments and their sounds. Different types of music and dance.

Physical Skills - Fine motor - tearing, snipping, fringing, cutting strips, cutting on a line, cutting shapes. Large motor - bounce a ball, catching, throwing, gallop, skipping, hit an object, jump, push, roll our bodies, pull, kicking, hopping, balance beam.

Social Development -  About me, home and family, special days, community helpers, clothing.

Cooking - combines; math, reading, creative thinking, science, sensory experiences and social skills.