Curriculum

Current research suggests a hands-on, active and engaging environment is the best setting for young learners. We strive to provide a balance between teacher directed learning and active, child directed play. Our teachers strategically plan each day with opportunities for both types of growth. Busy Bee Preschool implements a curriculum that is developmental in nature. Instruction in subjects is a sequential process. What children learn in Kindergarten builds on what they have learned in preschool. Similarly, within any given class, learning progresses from day to day and week to week as a cumulative process. For this to be effective, the learning process must be organized in meaningful sequences and foundations must be set correctly. For example, when teaching a child to read, his/her reading-readiness skills must first be determined.

Prerequisites for reading readiness include:

  • Sorting (colors, shapes, objects, letters)
  • Left to right progression (peg work, stringing, patterning and sequencing)
  • Discriminating a figure from background
  • Matching (objects, letters, words)
  • Discriminating two like or unlike (objects, letters, words)
  • Discriminating 2 out of 3, different/same
  • Matching letters
  • Receptive knowledge of letters
  • Expressive knowledge of letters
  • Letter sound associations
  • Rhyming

There are many techniques that prepare children for reading-readiness skills. When placing objects (crayons, blocks, scissors, pegs, beads, etc) on the table for a specific activity you can set the proper groundwork by placing the objects on the left to encourage left to right progressions. When your child draws a picture you can label the objects and actions to help your child make word associations. This will encourage your child to take an interest in reading. These are just a few examples of how Busy Bee prepares your child for success.

 

 Our Focus Areas of Learning

  • Self-help
  • Communication-Socialization
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Cognitive
  • Spiritual

 

Summary of Learning Areas

 

Self-help:

  • Dressing skills (snaps, buttons, zips, buckles, ties)
  • Toileting
  • Eating (pours, spreads, cuts)
  • General independence
  • Grooming/hygiene

 

Communication-Socialization:

  • Expressive
  • Personal data
  • Expresses wants/needs
  • Answers “wh” questions
  • Age-appropriate vocabulary skills
  • Sings, tells nursery rhymes
  • Short-term auditory memory
  • Delivers messages
  • Music & Art – creative expression through different mediums and instruments

 

Receptive:

  • Follows 1, 2, 3 step directions
  • Auditory memory (repeats numbers, simple songs, sentences & musical patterns)
  • Follows story line (sequences events in a story)

 

Personal-Social:

  • Interacts with adults
  • Interacts with peers
  • Self-concept
  • Encourages problem solving skills
  • Expression of feelings/affect
  • Motivation
  • Follows routines
  • Abides by rules
  • Plays cooperative/parallel/solitary
  • Forms relationships
  • Attention span
  • Participates in group, circle time

 

Fine Motor:

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Strings beads
  • Nests objects
  • Builds block tower/bridge
  • Manipulates playdoh
  • Establishes hand dominance
  • Snips with scissors
  • Cuts on lines
  • Cuts out shapes

Perceptual motor:

  • Completes puzzles
  • Imitates parquetry designs
  • Develops eye-hand coordination
  • Visually tracks a path
  • Does maze work
  • Laces

 

Grapho motor:

  • Makes circular, horizontal and vertical motions
  • Traces simple designs
  • Imitates simple designs
  • Copies simple designs
  • Traces letters
  • Imitates letters
  • Copies letters
  • Proper pencil or crayon grasp
  • Writes name independently

 

Gross Motor:

  • Balance
  • Walking
  • Climbing
  • Stairs
  • Running
  • Catching
  • Bouncing
  • Throwing
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Pedaling a tricycle

 

Cognitive Skills:

  • Enjoys books
  • Visually discriminates (objects, designs, letters, words)
  • Recites alphabet
  • Letter upper/lower
  • Matching
  • Identifies receptively
  • Sight vocabulary
  • Rote counts
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Comparing sizes and shapes
  • Sorting & classifying objects into sets
  • Graphing & charting
  • Simple measuring
  • Qualitative concepts
  • Quantitative concepts
  • Identifies objects by use
  • Understands what to do in different situations
  • Answers “wh” questions
  • Body parts and weather