Preparing for Kindergarten

Preparing for Kindergarten

 Children learn through exploration with a balance of free play and organized activities. Ms. Bonnie uses the OWL curriculum (Opening the World of Learning) which is a Maryland Dept of Ed approved curriculum. If the children get caught up in a different course of interest and questions then what has been planned, the lessons veer towards their interests. And that’s okay! Children (much like adults) have to be interested to learn.

Children are taught the basic introductions into literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, languages, fine motor skills, technology, health, music, and art.  By the time children graduate into kindergarten, they will build their vocabulary, and study phonics and rhyming, will listen for the sounds words start and end with, grow their awareness of printed materials, learn their letters and sounds, and begin to spell words.  They will master verbally counting to 30 (some to 100, and by 5’s and 10’s). Most count with one to one correspondence to at least 20. They will learn their numbers, and engage in counting, grouping, classifying, addition, and subtraction.  They learn opposites, differences, big versus small, under versus over, etc.  They will use their imaginations in dramatic play, while practicing the skills of problem solving, taking turns, playing cooperatively, and building friendships.  They practice the basics, such as colors, shapes, ABC’s, phonics, days of the week, months of the year, weather, and seasons. They will learn the scientific method simplified, and engage in numerous science experiments. They will be taught empathy and respect for all people.  They will learn to care for and respect pets and will grow gardens. They learn the basic components of the computer and become savvy at ABC Mouse on the computer, using the mouse and keyboard.  They will have lots and lots of art and music, and will be introduced to some basic Spanish and ASL words.

Mr Rodgers said:

 Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”


Please note this is a home, as well as a daycare. Prospective parents must have an appointment for an interview. Thank you!

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