The primary purpose of Westwood Nursery School is to increase the social awareness and adaptability of each child by developing his/her self confidence and sense of worth as an individual. To accomplish this, the school provides a dynamic learning experience based on a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environment. Emphasis is placed on the whole child – the social, emotional, intellectual and physical.
Preschool: 3 & 4 Year Old Program Curriculum Guidelines
- Assist children in separating from parents.
- Help children negotiate problems with others using conflict resolution.
- Teach children to share and take turns.
- Help children to learn to respect others.
- Provide literacy through stories, daily poems, independent story c.d.’s, name cards, labels and recipes.
- Picture walking and drawing with dictation to adults and making class books.
- Arrange events in order when dictating a story.
- Provide children with daily writing opportunities.
- Listen to others and follow directions.
- Name shapes.
- Use senses to identify, describe and compare objects.
- Create simple patterns with children.
- Provide math and science exploration through a variety of activities including; sink and float, magnet testing, color mixing, cooking and counting.
- Use puzzles, pegboards, geo boards, sequencing and sorting materials and connecting counters.
- Sing songs and fingerplays with reference to numbers.
- Children will be provided with a variety of art mediums to explore with. This will include; painting, using glue, chalk, fat and thin crayons, markers, hole puncher and scissors.
- The easel will be open daily with paint, paper and crayons.
- Sensory activities include; water/sand play, finger paint, play dough, clay and shaving cream painting.
- Activities for fine motor development include: puzzles, pegboards, clay, tracing, writing, lacing and cutting.
- Provide indoor and outdoor gross motor activities (yoga, balancing, movement, running, climbing).
- Monthly Yoga classes.
- Area with a variety of themes (post office, house, pizza shop, hospital).
- Work centers with blocks, play people, cars, trucks, castles and animals.
- Oral language and communication skills will be developed.
- Children learn with rhymes, fingerplays and action songs daily.
- Musical instruments are provided.
- Monthly musician visits.
- Learn to take care of school materials and tools.
- Learn the school routine (daily schedule).
- Ability to express needs verbally.
- Demonstrate increasing independence.
- Follow 2 to 3 step directions.
Pre-K:5 Year Old Program Curriculum Guidelines
The Pre-k curriculum is built on the preschool objectives along with these Kindergarten readiness skills. All children in the class will be entering Kindergarten the next year.
- Show appropriate sitting behavior during a group discussion.
- Identify and use rhyme words.
- Contribute to a list of questions about specific person/topic during class discussion.
- Make a prediction about a story.
- Identify upper and lower case letters.
- Identify the letter sounds.
- Sequence 4 pictures and tell what is happening.
- Draw a picture and tell a story or provide information.
- Create class and individual books.
- Vocabulary and concept development.
- Directionality of print.
- Identify numerals -10
- Count verbally from 0-20
- Count by 10’s from 10-100.
- Recite information with numbers (birthdays, address,phone)
- Understand more and less.
- Sort by same color, size, shape, and other attributes.
- Reproduce patterns.
- Extend observations using hand lens, scale or other tool.
- Categorize and classify through discussions, drawings and graphs.
- Counting correspondence.
- Children will be introduced to letter and number formation daily.
- Children will have weekly opportunities to make books.
- Several step art projects will be completed daily.
- Gross motor activities will be provided on a daily basis.