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Curriculum that is used is aligned with Common Core Standards (both state and national)


Over the years Sandy has identified the need for child care that is home based, but is developmentally and educationally focused. Early Childhood is a time for significant development in many areas and children need a setting that will not only meet their needs, but also have professionals that know how to expand their skills. Some developmental areas are more complex than what meets the eye, and with Sandy's educational background and the HighScope curriculum,she knows what, and how, to teach so children can meet the next milestone.

At Damascus Child Care, we want to make sure thateach child is receiving the best early childhood education and child care, to prepare for life, and school. We take great pride in providing a safe, clean, organized, and structured environment where children can excel. With thedirector/lead teacher's educational training and experience,we provide a curriculum that not only includes alldevelopmental areas, but is research and evidence based.

What does research and evidence based mean?
The curriculum's selected have been developed usingextensive research on early childhood development. Inaddition, that have been proven to provide positive resultsover and over again. It is vital to have a research/evidenceprogram, and most vital in the area of early literacy.

HighScope

Highscope isa research/evidence based curriculum that meets requirements to what components areneeded for an effective early childhood educational program. Highscope's curriculum spans from infants and toddlers, to preschool. The curriculum and the experience of the teacher allow for differentiated instruction, so if a child is below age level, at age level orexceeding age level skills, the focus is to keep adding skills to their current skills. Formore information please visit HighScope atwww.highscope.org

  • HighScope includes child instruction and assessments, staff development, and accountabilityassessment
  • Space and materials in a HighScope setting are carefully arranged topromote activelearning. The area isdivided into interest areas, which arewell organized andlabeled.
  • HighScope provides a daily routine which gives preschoolers a sense ofcontrol overthe events of the day. There is a balance of teacher and child initiated activities. The schedule is consistent and includesthe same time frameseach day; plan-do-review sequence, small andlargegroup time, greeting andmessage board time. Music and movement are partof large group andincorporatemany skills that the children are learning.Outside time will occur each day, unlessthere is poor
    weather.
  • HighScope focuses on what is considered the Key Development Indicators (there are a total of 52 key indicators that are fall under main developmental areas).Thecurriculum is built aroundthe balance of teacher directed and child-initiatedactivities in five main content areas:

Approaches in Learning:
-Language, Literacy, and Communication
-Social and Emotional
-Physical Development, Health, and Well Being
-Arts and Sciences (includes Math)

  • Centers include: Dramatic Play (kitchen, dress up, dolls), light table with manymanipulatives (including light
    letters, blocks, shapes, etc), Reading and WritingCenter, Block Area, Thinking Center (includes manipulates
    related to science,reading, math, problem solving, and sensory), and the Art Center (has plenty ofmaterials
    for children to try out, different mediums, papers, stamps, variety ofpainting tools, etc)

Reading (starting at age 2)
We will be using HighScope's Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum, Treasures (McGraw and Hill), and Reading A-Z. Some groups of children will start Treasures, based on pre-reading and reading abilities.

Curriculum focuses on the areas researched by the National Reading Panel. The fourareas are:


-Comprehension- including vocabulary building, connection, retelling and prediction
-Phonological Awareness- Phonological Awareness is a preliterate skill that does notinvolve looking at letters or words. It is the identification that our language is made of sounds and we can manipulate those sounds to create words. This includes rhyming,alliteration of beginning phonemes (example: I take "c" sound away from "cat" and now Isay the "b" sound and then "at", and you made "bat")
-Alphabetic Principle-including name recognition, name writing, letter recognition andletter-sound correspondence
-Concepts about Print-including identifying book parts, orienting books for reading,distinguishing between pictures and words, and understanding the direction of text


Once a child begins Kindergarten, the focus is on the five pillars of reading:Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Comprehension, Fluency, and Vocabulary


Access to www.raz-kids.com and readinga-z.com
Each child enrolled will have access to raz-kids.com and readinga-z.com materials. Sandywill provide what levels children are working at and what skills they are working on. Then,children can practice skills at home in an interactive way (raz-kids) and by reading booksthat can be printed out (readinga-z).


Writing
First Strokes will be used for teaching pre-writing and writing skills. This is a systematic program that is developed by Occupational Therapists in Texas. This program is a multi
sensory program that provides gross motor and fine motor opportunities to help childrenlearn the strokes needed to write upper and lower case letters. For more information
please visit www.thehandwritingclinic.com


Math

We will be using HighScope's Number Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum

The curriculum focuses on the following areas:

-Number Sense and Operationsincluding number words and symbols, counting,comparing and ordering (quantity), combining and dividing groups, adding and subtracting

-Geometryincludes shapes, transformation, and spatial relationships

-Measurementincludes measurement terms, unit, comparing and ordering by attribute

-Algebraincludes alternating patterns and increasing and decreasing patterns

-Data Analysisincludes describing, organizing and comparing, representing, andinterpreting and applying

Social/Emotional

We will be using Positive Behavior Support Systems to help teach children expectations ineach component of the day. This is a preventative way to teach children appropriatebehaviors and they feel successful, because they know exactly what their body should be doing, how to treat others, and how to use materials.

For conflict resolution, we use HighScopes six-step problem-solving approach. Thisencourages children to resolve conflicts in an appropriate way and teachers guidechildren to increase language development, reflection, and problem solving during theprocess.








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