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Educational Progam

MULTIPLE AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT

Each area of development from infant through preschool ages will be fostered, and discovery and learning will take place in an exciting way each day. We ensure each child is developing at an age-appropriate rate and are demonstrating the necessary skills and abilities to be Kindergarten ready by the time they graduate our Academy.

Program Objectives

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Our objectives at Creative Stars Academy are as follows:

  • Provide a space where children, families, and staff of Creative Stars Academy feel safe, respected, welcomed and loved
  • Allow each child to develop and progress at their own pace
  • Provide intentional interactions to aide in each child’s understanding of all learning areas: social and emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development
  • Children take part in daily activities that create a balanced environment including, but not limited to, indoor/outdoor exploration, unique learning experiences, and individualized teaching
  • Assist each child in developing and building a natural sense of inquisitiveness
  • Develop positive methods of self-reflection allowing each child to showcase their independence and confidence in and out of the classroom

Areas of Learning

Areas of Learning

AREAS OF LEARNING

AREAS OF LEARNING Infant Toddler Preschool
Approaches to Learning · Initiate curiosity and initiative · Shows interest in the environment around them · Vocalizes in response to a new person, toy or experience · Shows preference for people, objects, and food · Smiles, coos, laughs · Uses senses to explore their environment · Explores and investigates their surroundings by turning objects upside down, around, and inside out · Interacts with others and activities for short amounts of time · Ask questions · Investigate new surroundings · Engage in imaginative role play
The Arts · Explores environment through song, music, movement, etc.) · Responds to music by vocalizing, moving body, or showing emotions · Shows emotion when engaging in artistic expression · Shares feelings and ideas through art · Use art for self-expression · Identify different artistic techniques and materials · Choose to explore different art materials
Language, Literacy and Communications · Turns toward and focuses on nearby adult who is speaking · Watches teacher’s actions and gestures · Begins a conversation with body movement · Enjoys reading and being shown pictures · Shows interest in familiar photos, pictures, and drawings · Uses real or made-up words/signs to express basic needs/wants · Begins to ask “why” · Adds/extends conversation with others · Constructs simple two-word sentences · Shows interest in pictures and text · Repeats different sounds · Understands words and phrases · Converses with peers and teachers · Shares information · Points to and names letters · Writes own name
Physical & Motor Development · Large Motor – Kicks legs, waves, arms, lays on tummy; holding head up, rolls over, moves in and out of sitting position, crawls, stands using furniture, pushes and pulls toys while walking · Fine Motor – Reaches for and grasps/releases toys, dumps out toys, stacks minimal blocks, transfers objects from one hand to the next · Large Motor – walks independently, runs freely, pushes and pulls toys while walking, throws small balls, pushes medium size ball with foot · Fine motor – Grasps toys or items to release into container, dumps out toys, turn pages of book, begins grasping crayons to scribble, feeds self with hands, beginning to use utensils · Large Motor- Hops on one foot, climbs on play equipment, jumps with two feet, throws and catches large ball · Fine Motor – Grasps and places puzzle pieces, strings beads, dresses self with independence, puts shoes on with little assistance
Social and Emotional Development · Uses body to show likes and dislikes · Explores the world and environment around them and how it works · Notices and responds to emotions displayed by others · Communicates needs or wants to adults using simple gestures, sign language, or sounds · Responds to adult efforts to calm or soothe · Independently attempts new challenges · Checks with and accepts support from adults · Demonstrates personal skills, likes, or dislikes · Expresses feelings, needs, and wants with nonverbal communication and a few words · Anticipates and follows simple routines · Imitates others’ emotions and expression · Seeks out peers and teachers for support · Demonstrates confidence · Uses words to express emotions such as needs/wants · Responds to other’s emotions · Demonstrates understanding of rules
Cognitive Development (Includes: mathematics, scientific thinking, and social systems) · Grasps/releases one object to reach for another · Uses body language to indicate want for more · Imitates counting · Shows interest in shapes · Indicates interest by looking and pointing · Indicates hesitancy when presented with unfamiliar items, people, or situations · Persists in looking for missing objects · Finds comfort in familiar people and objects · Makes wants and needs known · Recites number words, but not necessarily in order · Recognizes and names familiar symbols, colors, and shapes · Gives one item correctly when requested · Explores sorting of objects · Asks questions readily · Demonstrates preferences for favorite toys, clothing and activities · Shows interest in other children and objects · Begins helping to put away toys · Starts showing an interest in pretend play with blocks, dolls, and other toys · Uses language to recall events from the past, present, or future · Asks questions about families and culture to build a stronger understanding · Expresses curiosity and formulates questions about surroundings · Attempts to make predictions and intended outcome · Recites numbers aloud forward and backwards · Begins writing number-like forms · Uses terms such as more/less, bigger/smaller, a little/a lot, longer/shorter
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