Curriculum

Curriculum At A Perfect Start

The Perfect Start Learning Center builds upon children’s natural curiosity about the world and their place in it. “Purposeful inquiry” awakens the scientist and explorer in every child. Children learn to use their senses, ask questions, and find answers in a supportive, print-rich environment.

Here’s what we at Robert-Leslie Publishing believe about our youngest learners:

  • Children learn what we teach them.
  • Children learn by doing.
  • Children learn from each other.
  • Children’s learning begins at home.

Children use all of their senses to learn about their world – seeing, touching, smelling, listening, and tasting. Promoting inquiry and discovery allows children to take the lead and use all of their special energies for learning. In doing so, children develop a healthy self-esteem and begin to understand all the important contributions they make each day as they learn and grow.

 

Classes

Perfect Start Learning Center is a comprehensive program that optimizes key windows of opportunity to build strong foundations for little ones ages 0-36 months. Based on the latest early brain development research, this program offers easy-to-use activities emphasizing all developmental domains (language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional, approaches toward learning) featuring Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline.

Infant is aligned to Head Start School Readiness Goals for Infants and offers complete support to equip caregivers to optimize the growth and development of the children in their care.

Perfect Start Learning Center is the original investigation-based early childhood curriculum. The comprehensive prekindergarten learning system builds upon children’s natural curiosity about the world and their place in it. “Purposeful Inquiry,” the heart of The Perfect Start Learning Center, awakens the scientist and explorer in every child. Children learn to use their senses, ask questions, and find answers in a supportive, print-rich environment.

Perfect Start Learning Center provides choices and creative tools for flexible “outside-the-box” teaching that inspires teachers, children, and families.

Best practices are guided by each classroom’s curriculum needs – play-based, project-oriented, or more structured based on the unique experience, teaching style, and goals of the teacher.

Perfect Start Learning Center is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed for Transitional Kindergarten. TK classrooms are offered for older four-year-old children and younger fives who are not able to attend kindergarten due to birthdates and state guidelines for enrollment. TK offers a modified curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, bridges the gap between preschool or pre-K and kindergarten, and provides young children with a strong foundation for learning.

Perfect Start Learning Center systematically combines Prekindergarten Learning System with kindergarten literacy and STEAM skills. The integrated program offers a transitional year of purposeful play and participatory learning focused largely on children’s social and emotional development, with the foundational skills needed to transition to either kindergarten or first grade at the end of the additional kindergarten year.

The Perfect Start Learning Center curriculum offers intentional instruction in 274 skills in ten domains of learning, including kindergarten foundational skills in literacy and math.

Perfect Start Learning Center provides choices and creative tools for flexible “outside-the-box” teaching that inspires teachers, children, and families.

Best practices are guided by each classroom’s curriculum needs – play-based, project-oriented, or more structured based on the unique experience, teaching style, and goals of the teacher.

Children will develop autonomy and a confidence to experience new social situations by learning to:

  • Share
  • Take turns
  • Give and take in conversation
  • Ask for help and help others; Power Words
  • See self as important part of classroom group; assist with developing class constitution
  • Respect, tolerate and understand differences between self and others
  • Celebrate differences and unique gifts of self and others
  • Express feelings and ideas, listens to feelings and ideas
  • Develop empathy skills
  • Learn to take responsibility
  • Cooperate with others and accept limits
  • Learn self-control and accept logical consequences
  • Develop self-esteem, positive sense of self, confidence
  • Practice solving problems alone and with peers, teachers
  • Practice being a leader and a follower
  • Participate in classroom decisions and actively give opinion
  • Develop pride in work displayed
  • See self and others with separate and unique skills

  • Becoming comfortable with classroom routine and schedule
  • Being comfortable asking for help from the teacher
  • Practicing hand washing and bathroom hygiene
  • Dressing self-including shoes, socks and outerwear, hats, mittens
  • Locating and caring for belongings
  • Setting goals and celebrating achievements
  • Sharing the teacher’s time with classmates
  • Serving self and peers snacks and drinks
  • Experiences the local community through field trips
  • Strengthen eye-hand coordination
  • Strengthen pincher grip (puzzles, play dough)
  • Develop muscles necessary for writing
  • Gain self-awareness and confidence through practice
  • Express self-using variety of art mediums, writing tools
  • Develop coordination needed to perform self-help skills (dressing, shoes, laces and velcro, buttons and zippers, turning on water, opening doors)
  • Easel painting to classical music
  • Develop body awareness
  • Develop sense of body control
  • Practice balance (stand on one foot, yoga, dancing)
  • Build ball skills (roll, throw, catch, bounce, pass, dribble)
  • Practice age appropriate group games (parachute, Duck, Duck Goose, bean bag toss, soccer)
  • Move body in different ways (skip, hop, jump, gallop, run, sun sideways, crisscross, backwards, upside down)
  • Build muscle tone
  • Build endurance
  • Build fitness ability; agility, strength, cardio
  • Understand health benefits of physical fitness
  • Understand fitness as a social and group activity
  • Understand holistic approach to health (fitness, nutrition, relaxation)
  • Group cooperative games
  • Sand and water play
  • Climbing
  • Swinging
  • Develop a love of reading and a respect for books
  • Be introduced to classic and modern children’s literature
  • Be introduced to a variety of genres: picture books, concept books, alphabet and counting books, realistic books, fantasy books, biographies
  • Memorize predictable pattern books
  • Explore authors through exposure to complete works
  • Associate reading with learning, imagination, wonder, pleasure
  • Learn book parts: cover, pages, binding, title page
  • Understand author role
  • Understand illustrator role
  • Learn parts of story: beginning, middle, end
  • Learn story elements: characters, plot, setting, and theme
  • Recreate stories using circle stories, murals, sentence strips
  • Practice predicting what happens next
  • Practice repeating words and phrases
  • Play act out stories and simple skits
  • Imagine different endings
  • Learn book care
  • Learn library etiquette
  • Recall events from story, sequence of events
  • Become familiar with layout of a book (front to back, top to bottom and reading left to right)
  • Learns that one reads words not pictures, pictures provide contextual cues
  • Gain ability to comprehend story from looking/listening to picture books and listening to book on cd/teacher reading without visual cues (chapter books)
  • Poetry
  • Puppets

Children will become future storytellers, poets and journalists by:

  • Recognize letters
  • Associate letters with sounds
  • Letter banks
  • Recognize name, classmate’s names
  • Simple sight word recognition (Dolch list, names, classroom areas)
  • Word banks
  • Enjoy Mother Goose nursery rhymes
  • Letter-sound associations including recognize beginning and ending sounds
  • Simple rhyming words
  • Writing own stories
  • Participating in group or peer written stories
  • Recitation (memorizing and performing simple poems, nursery rhymes)
  • Learn finger plays and songs
  • Writing letters and words (play dough, salt and cornmeal trays, child markers and crayons, pencil)

Children will gain knowledge needed to become a life long learner by:

  • Introduction to phonics
  • Introduction to inventive spelling
  • Introduction to decoding
  • Whole Language Approach
  • Word study
  • Left to right reading progression
  • Point to word with finger (tracking)
  • Introduction to poetry
  • Identify environmental print (classroom labels, street and traffic signs, familiar logos and restaurant signs)

Children will ask questions and seek answers by:

  • Explore picture sorts
  • Gain competence with puzzles
  • Experience simple keyboards and appropriate computer skills
  • Solve simple riddles and story problems
Children will become deep thinkers and problem solvers by:
  • Introduced to Math Their Way (hands on, sequenced learning)
  • Free explore math manipulative materials
  • Patterning with manipulatives and real objects
  • Sorting
  • Counting forwards and backwards
  • Concept of number, number sense
  • Classifying
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Math vocabulary such as opposite, backward
  • Math predicting
  • Real life math problems in the classroom
  • Colors and shapes
  • Picture and object sorts
  • Blocks and puzzles
  • Sensory exploration including water play, rice and beans, cornmeal, salt and noodles- pouring, funnels, measuring, stirring, scooping

Children will be encouraged to develop appreciation for creative expression and understand its benefit as a tool of self-expression by:

  • Opportunities to speak in front of peers
  • Being introduced to a variety of appropriate music genres
  • Learning music concepts such as rhythm, beat, lyrics, tune
  • Learning and singing choral music and performing for parents
  • Dress up including encouraging non-gender bias
  • Role-playing
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Musical games
  • Create visual art while listening to different music genres
  • Sing alongs with other classrooms
  • Dancing
  • Body awareness games

Children will become inquisitive and curious learners by:

  • Experience real life science lab experiments
  • Make predictions
  • Ask questions to form a hypothesis
  • Curriculum content includes physical, earth, life and environmental science topics
  • Seasonal nature activities
  • Outdoor classroom learning
  • Collecting and graphing data
  • Making predictions

Children will become future leaders and activists by:

  • Appreciate cultural and social diversity
  • Study community helpers
  • Historical figures
  • National Holidays
  • My Family
  • My Community
  • My School Community
  • Concept of now and then/before and after/timelines
  • Monthly concepts and related field trips and school guests
  • Seasonal and holiday festivals and traditions
  • School community celebrations

Children will learn healthy eating and drinking habits relate to overall lifelong health, fitness and happiness by:

  • Allowing parents to send in lunches and snacks if proper documentation is provided to address allergies, food habits, religious and nutrition requirements
  • Eating healthy school lunches and snacks
  • Cooking projects use fresh ingredients, when possible
  • Encouraging healthy choices of fresh ingredients

Children will look at the present through art from the past helps cultivate a climate of appreciation of diverse contributions by:

  • Discovering famous artists and their works
  • Relating art to literacy- art tells a story
  • Developing imagination through seeing an art piece
  • Recreating art styles (collage, pointillism, watercolors, charcoal)

Children will be comfortable in a changing global world starting within the classroom by:

  • Learning basic courtesy such as please, thank you, excuse me
  • Waiting until all are served to eat
  • Hello and goodbye greetings
  • Making introductions and making guests feel welcome
  • Knowing what makes a friend and being a friend
  • Caring for work space and classroom and playground clean up
  • Positive conflict resolution within peer groups

Children will acquire age appropriate skills to learn how to stay safe and be confident in a world outside of the home by:

  • Know first and last name
  • Know address, parent’s cell numbers
  • Stranger danger
  • Fire safety
  • Car safety
  • Sun safety
  • Playground, park and pool safety
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