Little Reds

Academics

Literacy
Language and literacy development focus on the child’s growing ability to use oral and written language to convey feelings and desires, interact with others, ask questions, think about things, represent what he/she knows, and talk about imaginary situations. Children develop oral language, listening skills, vocabulary, letter recognition, rhymes, phonics, reading readiness, writing skills and a positive attitude about reading. Early and emergent writers and readers use a variety of means to communicate such as conventional signs and symbols (scribbles, mock letters, letters), visual art forms (painting and drawing) and other materials such as blocks, clay and collage.
Mathematical Literacy
Mathematics focuses on the child’s increasing ability to coordinate thinking processes and mental frameworks around mathematical concepts and problem solving. Through active participation in a variety of experiences children begin to develop an awareness of numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns and relationships, and measurement. These experiences enable children to make connections between mathematics and real life. It also allows for oral expression of mathematical ideas in group discussions.
Technology & Innovation
Experiences in technology and innovation are intentionally integrated throughout our program. These interactions provide effective, engaging, and appropriate ways for our youngest minds to be their most creative selves. We encourage this creativity through collaborative problem solving, early engineering and programming concepts, robotics, and digital art.
Science
Science and nature education provide open-ended experiences that expose children to the possibilities that exist within the physical and natural world. By participating in these experiences children practice observing, investigating, predicting, questioning, hypothesizing, and solving problems. As they explore, children begin to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of living things, the physical properties of objects and materials, and properties of our earth. Nature education provides children with a foundation for a life-long relationship between themselves, the earth and its natural resources.
Art
Children are exposed to a broad variety of media, which helps build fine motor control, cognitive skills and creativity. They explore painting, cutting, stamping, clay building, stitching, beading and collage and many more.
Music
Music offers children the opportunity to express themselves melodically and rhythmically. Children respond to a variety of songs, finger plays and instruments as they discover different ways to use their voices and bodies. Students improve auditory discrimination and auditory memory, verbal expression and motor skills. They learn about beat, rhythm, tempo and melody.
Social Studies
Children begin to learn about themselves and others in relation to the world around them. They learn about different family structures, cultures, their immediate school community and the community at large. By doing this, they develop a sense of place and are able to question and explore how they can contribute to the life of the community around them.