Walnut Creek/Concord Campus Opening Summer 2023
Our 3 ½ - 4 year olds program offers children a chance to explore learning centers, participate in dramatic play, and learn Zoo-Phonics. Your child will recognize letters and letter sounds, and the basics of mathematical functions. We incorporate a more structured, consistent daily schedule based on our themed curriculum. We work on building a sense of responsibility and independence in our students. Children begin to take on leadership roles in the classroom, further enabling them to take control of their educational experience.
Our monthly Thematic Creative Curriculum further involves Language and Literacy. Children experiment with different letter sounds and start to explore characters and story plots.They learn Social-Emotional engagement - skills are developed as children work together as a community to identify their topic of interest, conduct their fieldwork and document what they have learned to share with others. We also showcase Creative Expression as children identify the pitch and tempo in music, create 3D shapes from clay, and act out familiar stories in sequence. Children learn more about Mathematics as teachers introduce patterns, graphs, reasoning and problem-solving. We focus on Science and Social Studies and encourage children to explore different species of animals, study various cultural traditions, and compare family traditions. Wellness in everyday life is stressed as children practice jumping rope, using a hula hoop and accurately throwing a ball at a target.
Our four-year-old classroom not only feature a variety of seating spaces that encourage small group work and cooperative learning activities, but also use learning centers that allow children to explore any areas that interest them. Each center features such skills as language and reading, construction, home living, math, fine motor skills, computers, art, dramatic play, science and sensory exploration. Each area helps your children gain independence and further explore themes and concepts introduced in class with a hands-on, interactive approach.
Our Preparatory Curriculum involves two aspects: Handwriting without Tears and Zoo-Phonics. The goal of Handwriting Without Tears is to make legible, fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students. The curriculum uses multi-sensory techniques and consistent letter formation habits to teach handwriting at an early age. With this program, our teachers use instructional techniques and activities that are geared to help improve a child’s self-confidence, pencil grip, body awareness and posture. The Zoo-Phonics methodology fully involves your child’s eyes, ears, mouth and body as they learn phonemic awareness, the alphabet, and how to decode (read) and encode (spell and write).
Music and Performing Arts
Creative Arts Projects
Working with Language and Literacy
Introduction to Mathematics and Scientific Concepts