Harvard Avenue School program is designed to foster the creativity and natural curiosity of each child. We provide excellent instruction and guidance in fine motor, mathematics, french, science, botany, geography, language arts, practical life (everyday living skills), sensory development, and art in a relaxed, fun environment. Our activities are designed to be multi-leveled, so each child can engage in learning on his/her individual level. We meet each child where he/she is, and guide him/her forward.
The classroom is divided into different areas of study. The Fine Motor and Art areas provide a wide range of daily living exercises and stimulating art projects that your child can enjoy. These materials help the children to develop control and coordination of movement. Practical Life (fine motor) activities include caring for his/her self and the environment as well as grace and courtesy skills. These activities build independence and self esteem in the children.
Harvard Avenue School explores mathematics using a variety of hands-on manipulative materials. Preschoolers work with the numbers 1-10, and then on up to 100 as they progress to the Pre-K program. As the children master corresponding quantity to symbols, they move on from 1 to 10 to teen numbers, and then 20 to 100 (usually in pre-k). Children will also be introduced to addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions when they are showing readiness to explore those topics.
The whole language approach to learning encourages language expansion with daily reading, singing, vocabulary cards, etc. The children learn the phonetic sounds by tracing, writing and using matching objects. As preschoolers are ready,they may use the moveable alphabet to create simple three letter words, etc.
The sensorial area of the classroom is a favorite with the children. The goal of sensorial materials is to provide a true sensory experience that builds thought construction and problem solving abilities. With the use of the sensory materials the children build visual discrimination skills. Puzzles, blocks, smelling and touching activities are examples of sensorial materials. Other materials in this area teach the child to classify and sort items by objects, colors, or textures.
Geography and other social sciences are taught to and experienced by the children throughout the year. They are encouraged to be curious about the world around them, exploring a wide range of cultural differences and similarities ranging from animals around the world to shelter to clothing which are similar and different in various world communities. The children are taught to be aware that they are part of a larger community.