Goals and Objectives
It is the aim of the center to accomplish these goals which will be met by the following objectives:
1. To foster and promote a healthy self-esteem: Ongoing positive encouragement, acknowledgements, attention, recognition and interactions on a daily basis are all part of helping each child to realize his /her full potential and to feel special and good about themselves.
2. To facilitate appropriate social and emotional development: Social and emotional development is demonstrated through interactions with peers and teachers, conversations, opportunities to share with others, following directions, and being allowed free expression of thoughts and feelings. Integrated within the curriculum will also include a focus on age- appropriate conflict resolution strategies.
3. To enhance cognitive development: Cognitive learning refers to the inner processes of the mind that leads to knowing.Cognitive development will be aided through the teaching of concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, shapes, nursery rhymes, name recognition, somewhat recognizable drawing (depending on children’s ages and stages), understanding of concepts and functions etc. This receptive information will be observed and assessed for progress on a daily basis.
4. To develop fine motor skills: Fine motor coordination will be practiced through the use of materials such as pencils, crayons, scissors, paint, glue, pegs, puzzles, clay, books, blocks & many other manipulative items that help to develop and strengthen eye/hand coordination.
5. To develop gross motor skills: Gross motor skills involve those of running, jumping, hopping, riding tricycles, dancing, yoga, catching, throwing, cooperative games such as Duck- Goose etc. and any other activities that call for the use of larger muscles and balance.
6. To aid in the attainment of good character traits: These character traits such as; perseverance, honesty, integrity, sincerity, joyfulness, morality, kindness, and respect will be integrated into the curriculum as a “message for the day”. Children will demonstrate their attainment of good character traits on a daily basis through open discussions, performance of actions and words, recognizing situations as they occur in stories, real life and amongst each other.
7. To share, define and explore family and community awareness: Family and community are two of the most important elements that make up our view of the world around us. As children are building serious impressions of their world, it is important that we provide proper focus on what matters most to them. Therefore, recognizing and defining their understanding will be concentrated within lesson plans that will focus on their own families and our surrounding community. Additional ethnicity and cultural diversity will also be explored throughout the year as well as on holidays etc.
8. To teach good nutritional habits: Lessons will be taught at every opportunity such as during snack and lunch times in addition to specific aims at intervals. Students will do weekly cooking projects that may reflect a lesson of such &/or concentrate on tasting unfamiliar foods as well as learning clean and safe methods in the kitchen. Snacks that are served at the school will also be of the most nutritional value.
9. To acquaint children with all otherearly elementary subjects: Art, music, phys. ed., phonics, reading, writing, language arts, math, science and social studies will be offered on a daily basis within and throughout the school. Children will become exposed to these subjects through various materials and lesson plans as well as by utilizing the learning centers that are designed accordingly. Some emphasis will be on fostering critical thinking skills to enhance students’ ability to figure things out hence allowing them to become good problem solvers. We want children to experience a natural enjoyment of learning so that they will be better prepared to enter other educational institutions.
10. To create and establish a close relationship between students, teachers and parents: First and foremost, our open door policy enables and encourages parents to visit at any time that your child is in the center.To create a close relationship between child and teacher, the teacher will make it a priority to spend quality time with each student every day. Parents and teachers will have open and ongoing communication upon arrival and departure times as well as through writing as needed in a home and school folder which each child will be responsible for on a daily basis. Parent-teacher conferences will be set up twice a year, but parents can always schedule a conference for any additional time as well. Open House will be held once a year, and parent nights will be scheduled throughout the school year. You will receive a calendar each month regarding some highlights of the lesson plans so you’ll be familiar with your child’s program. A separate calendar will entail additional activities and events for parents, families, &/or children.