Saint James Catholic School's Early Childhood preschool curriculum provides students with practical strategies, utilizing positive and effective methods to prepare students for Kindergarten. Our program curriculums are aligned with the Florida Department of Education preschool framework and are considered best practice models.
We use the Houghton Mifflin Pre-k curriculum to develop and implement daily lesson plans to educate our preschoolers to prepare them for Kindergarten. The Houghton Mifflin Pre-K curriculum is a comprehensive and integrated program that provides each child with a strong foundation that builds on the skills they will need to succeed as lifelong learners. The program is a hands-on, minds-on curriculum, based on scientific research and aligned with National and State pre-k learning goals. The program’s flexibility integrates easily with Dual Language Learning strategies to develop oral language, vocabulary, listening comprehension, print and phonological awareness, and letter recognition skills as well as math skills. Activities and explorations address social and emotional development, physical development, science, social studies, and art. The curriculum is based on scientific research and is aligned with key critical pre-k learning goals, including those defined by Early Reading First, Head Start, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and State Frameworks. The Houghton Mifflin curriculum provides developmentally appropriate practices to help prepare preschooler’s for Kindergarten.
DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES
We use the Guided Language Acquisition Design strategies to develop English language acquisition, academic achievement and cross-cultural skills. The Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) provides an organizational structure for an integrated, balanced literacy approach. The integration, of listening, speaking, reading, and writing into all content areas and the interrelating of science, social studies, and literature with each other are strategies that are easily incorporated into our Houghton Mifflin curriculum. These strategies foster a risk-free, cross-culturally sensitive environment where students are able to acquire academic language and concepts. Although, this model is for dual language learners, it is valuable for acquisition of language for all students. The structure, strategies, and classroom implications, are invaluable in a multilingual setting. GLAD is a United States Department of Education, OBEMLA, Project of Academic Excellence exemplary program. It is also highlighted as a Florida Department of Education “Best Practices” program.
We use “Sid the Science Kid” to support science learning. This program takes advantage of kids’ instinctive quest to figure out the world.
The goals of this program are:
- To encourage children to think, talk and work incorporating their natural curiosity about the world around them
- To show that science is all around us
- To contribute to school readiness fostering motivation to learn and confidence in themselves
- To support children’s learning by nurturing and reinforcing the “climate of curiosity “ for children