Developmental Goals

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, play the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

Below is a basic list of minimal skills in which we help children to master as they are ready and interested. Because we view learning as an open-ended process, curricula lists, it should be remembered, are just the starting points and listed by subject area for convenience only.

It is our philosophy that positive growth in these areas is necessary for learning to take place. As a child’s confidence and sense of worth strengthens, so does his/ her drives to explore and master new challenges. Staff write up individual evaluations in the Fall and Spring each year. These evaluations are discussed during individual parent teacher conferences.

Work independently 
Work in a group without a teacher
Find partners to work or play with
Teach and help other children
Arrange themselves to meet class rules
Select his/her own activity 
Select his/her own materials
Find alternative activities while waiting for turn
Verbalize questions
Listen to others
Relax within the center
Share accomplishments with other children and adults
Join in a group in process
Show respect for what others have done
Show respect for materials available
Clean up after him/herself 
Express anger and needs in an acceptable way
Feel good about him/herself– competent, respected, cared about
Develop skills in self-care—pants, shoes, zippers, buttons, noses, etc.
Recognize and order numbers 1-10
Recognize basic shapes
Match equal sets
Add and subtract simple sets
Recognize primary and secondary colors
Count with 1:1 correspondence 
The child will be aware of:
Space and spatial relationships 
Size concepts of more, less, before, and after
Recognize letters
Understand that letters make sounds
Understand that sounds make words
Recognize initial sound consonants 
Recognize his/her name and names of peers
Recognize and create rhymes 
Understand the concepts of opposites 
Listen to and retell stories 
Listen to others
Sequence a story, recognizing the beginning, middle and end 
Hear sounds and reproduce them 
Look at and enjoy books independently 
To write his/her own name, to hold a pencil correctly
To develop the concept of left to right sequence