" Kiddie Country is dedicated to providing appropriate optimum experiences for all the children we serve.
By virtue of being a â€œdevelopmental learning center,â€? Kiddie Country must attend to these five needs of the child:
* physical development
* emotional development
* social development
* creative development
* intellectual development
Recognizing the importance of the early childhood period, Kiddie Country's program is based on a semi-structured approach to learning, reflecting a balance between play and structured learning activities.
The program for two- and three-year-olds, while meeting all five developmental needs, emphasizes language development, motor skills, and social skills.
The intermediate developmental program for four- and five-year-olds enhances emerging language and motor skills. Other important components include building basic concepts, encouraging sound reasoning, and reading and math activities. The latter part of this program includes an introduction to phonics.
Kindergarten for five- and six-year-olds provides a transitional environment towards the more structured learning the child will encounter in first grade. The child will develop reading, writing, language, and mathematical skills. Components of the language arts program include the Phonovisual method, which will establish a strong phonics background, as well as basal and easy readers, shared reading experiences, and daily writing experiences.
In order to translate Kiddie Country's philosophy into productive activities for the children, a curriculum was systematically developed for each age level. To ensure a high quality program, each of the following goals are achieved by our curriculum.
The curriculum. . .
. . . addresses all five developmental needs.
. . . reflects the continuous process of development.
. . . assures that each program includes language development, social studies, science, language arts, math, literature, music, and art.
. . . assures that a standard program is completed in all classrooms.
. . . presents developmentally appropriate activities and skills that foster a positive attitude towards learning.
. . . is a â€œliving document,â€? subject to constant evaluation, utilizing the most current research documented by top authorities in the field of education.
. . . recognizes that not only planned activities, but the entire day's activities, such as eating and resting, qualify as curriculum.
The goal of Kiddie Country's curriculum is to maximize the complete development of every child in an atmosphere of warmth, love, and understanding."
Excerpted from the preschool's website