Curriculum Guide

At Kids Connection Preschool, we aim for a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, multicultural curriculum for each age program. This is planned and implemented with attention to the different needs and interests of the children, and provides for all the areas of their development.

Physical – Our goal is to help children develop and enhance their small muscle (fine motor) and large muscle (gross motor) skills and feel aware and confident about what their bodies can do.

Cognitive – Our goal is to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success. We aspire to help them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to express their ideas, observations, and feelings.

Social – Our goal is to encourage and help children feel comfortable in school, trust their environment, establish peer relationships, and feel that they are an important part of the social interactions that occur in a group.

Emotional – Our goal is to foster a positive self-image by encouraging children to feel self-confident about themselves, their abilities, and who they are as individuals. We plan to facilitate the development of their independence and self-control.

Our early childhood professionals strive to provide many challenging opportunities and age-appropriate materials to:

  • Develop fine motor skills through manipulatives, art materials, and construction sets
  • Explore and learn about their environment through science activities, sand and water play, outdoor play, and field trips
  • Enhance their natural curiosity and imagination through dramatic play, blocks, art, and cooking
  • Develop and extend their language and music abilities through the use of books, songs, games, finger plays, group Circle Time activities, and computers
  • Develop gross motor skills through outdoor equipment, toys, games and rhythmic movement activities

All of this is done in a safe and nurturing environment. Our curriculum goals support our philosophy that children learn best through play, and play provides the foundation for our programs. This is the preparation that children need before they learn highly abstract symbols, such as letters for reading and writing and numbers for mathematics. Our curriculum provides play-based programs through which children become the explorers and inventors of tomorrow.

Little Explorers (2’s)

Two-Three Year-Old Program

Your child’s first experience in learning should be positive, exciting, and challenging, as that first step will have a lasting effect. A lifelong love of learning starts early. Our Little Explorers Program introduces children to various activities so they can experience the joy of learning. We value play and believe it is vital to your child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth. We plan all aspects of a child’s learning through play in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. The goal of Little Explorers is to provide opportunities for children to successfully challenge themselves. Free Play, table activities, circle time, music, and art are part of the daily schedule.

Children can start in this program as soon as they turn 2 years old. Children are not required to be toilet trained.

The Little Explorers Program is structured each day around a simple routine:

  • Free play in curriculum centers
  • Introduction to table activities
  • Outdoor Play
  • Circle time activities for social interaction
  • Introduction to children’s literature, music, and movement
  • Art exploration
  • Introduction to structured curriculum activities

Our typical Little Explorer’s teacher-student ratio is 1:8.

Early Learners (3’s)

Three-Four Year-Old Program

This class provides encouragement for each child to express him/herself in a manner that is appropriate. At this age, they are learning independence, language development, and imaginative play. Our curriculum reinforces the importance of play and provides an opportunity to enhance a child’s emerging social skills. These skills include making friends, sharing, taking turns, cooperating, and problem solving. Circle Time activities help make the transition from simple stories and songs to a broader spectrum of learning activities. Music and movement, helper chart, calendar, art, science and table manipulatives are all valuable tools to the growing child’s whole development.

Children in this program must be 3 years old by December 2nd and must be fully and independently toilet trained.

Children can explore their interests by independently selecting activities throughout the classroom in the different curriculum centers:

  • Building block and  floor toy area
  • Table activities with manipulatives
  • House corner/dramatic play toys
  • Library corner
  • Science center
  • Art station
  • Music center

Our typical Early Learners teacher-student ratio is 1:10.

Pre-Kindergarten (4s)

Four-Five Year-Old Program

Kids Connection provides an academically challenging, yet fun and creative, Pre-K curriculum. It provides structure through a developmentally appropriate educational program that focuses on kindergarten readiness. In this program, children will acquire the skills to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to express observations. The Pre-K program provides free play periods daily. Children are encouraged to plan and direct their free playtime. The activities and learning materials motivate the children to develop cognitive skills such as identification, classification, and application. Our goal is to encourage children to reach their fullest potential within a secure, safe, and nurturing environment. By the end of this program, the children are prepared for the Kids Connection kindergarten program, and therefore they are given priority registration and automatic acceptance to continue into our elementary school.

Children in this program must be 4 years old by December 2nd.

In the Pre- Kindergarten Program, many concepts needed for kindergarten readiness are introduced and extended using developmentally appropriate practices such as:

  • Colors: recognize and identify
  • Shapes: recognize and identify
  • Alphabet: recite and recognize upper & lower case letters; practice writing letters; introduce letter sounds
  • Numbers: counting 0 to 30; number recognition; pre-math concepts such as 1:1 correspondence, conservation, etc.; writing numbers
  • Rhyming: introduce and reinforce the concept of rhyming
  • Patterning: copying simple patterns
  • Sequencing: what happens first, what comes next, etc.
  • Spatial concepts & themes
  • Literature: comprehension and appreciation
  • Simple problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Visual discrimination
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Names: first and last name recognition; printing names; spelling names
  • Board games
  • Memory games

Our typical Pre-Kindergarten teacher-student ratio is 1:10.

Kindergarten (5s)

Five-Six Year-Old Program

The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is designed to flow automatically into our Kindergarten.  The children who we have had in our school are ready to take on the challenge of our Kindergarten and therefore automatically would be eligible to continue. We open enrollment for the elementary school in early January for Pre-K students. Families have until the end of February to secure their child’s spot before we open any remaining spots to outsiders.

Our kindergarten program establishes an excellent academic foundation in language arts, math, science, social science, and health. Our goal is to facilitate literacy development through a phonics-based program enriched with literature. Students hone their sound recognition, blending of sounds to create words, comprehension, literature appreciation, and early skills in grammar.  Typically, by the end of kindergarten, our students are reading 1-2 grade levels ahead of their peers.  In math, kindergarteners develop problem solving, computation, and analytical skills. These young students study numeration and theory, whole number computation, fractions, measurement, time, money, geometry, early algebra (sentence equations), and statistics (data collecting, interpreting, and graphing).

Kindergarteners are also hands-on scientists who are broadening their curiosity about the how, why, and what of things in our environment. They also develop an awareness of health and safety for the human body. Our kindergarten program succeeds in expanding the child’s horizons; moving from self, to family, to community, to world.

Our typical kindergarten teacher-student ratio is 1:16.

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