Curriculum

Our Inspired Approach to Learning is created with each and every child in mind. We incorporate several different curricula and philosophies into one overall curriculum that can meet every child wherever they are.

Knowledge Core:  The Knowledge Core curriculum, developed specifically for Kids Country, is a traditional curriculum focusing on all curricular areas:  Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Practical Life Skills, Art, Music, Sign Language and Dramatic Play.  This curriculum has proven itself to be an outstanding base for our students, as evidenced by our kindergarten standardized test scores.

Zoo-phonics:  “The Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts. (Zoo-Phonics)” Introduced in the Toddler classrooms, Zoo-phonics identifies an animal with each letter of the alphabet and teaches a kinesthetic movement and  the letter sound to even the youngest of learners.  As the children progress through the classrooms, further skills-writing, letter groupings, and phonetics-lead our PreKindergartners to sound out words and read.

Creative curriculum: is a  forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum that is incorporated into every classroom at Kids Country and is the foundation for our Inspired Approach to Learning. Creative curriculum is designed to meet every child where they are and build upon their current knowledge so every child can be successful.

Using the Project Based Learning Approach, our students will be leading the learning in the classroom as we explore a year-long theme.  The teachers facilitate the children’s learning as they follow the interests of the children.

Sign Language 

Sign Language:  Beginning in our Infant classrooms, Sign Language is taught throughout our every day interactions.  For the Infants, Babies and Toddlers, the benefits of Sign language are threefold: Practical:  Infants are less fussy when they are able to communicate their needs to caregivers.  Emotional:  Younger babies and toddlers form stronger bonds with parents and teachers when they can communicate their needs and feel that their needs are understood.  Cognitive:  Sign language boosts brain development in infants and carries over into years of education.   (http://www.babysignlanguage.com)

As your child progresses through all the classrooms at Kids Country, Basic American Sign Language (ASL) is taught and utilized in the classroom.  Other than the benefits of learning a second language at a young age, it also teaches cultural acceptance of other people who have a disability.  Additionally, young children love movement and action and will learn letters and words more quickly if a sign is associated with it.  It also fosters communication between the children and their teachers. 

Zoo-Phonics

Zoo-phonics:  “The Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts. (Zoo-Phonics)” Introduced in the Toddler classrooms, Zoo-phonics identifies an animal with each letter of the alphabet and teaches a kinesthetic movement and  the letter sound to even the youngest of learners.  As the children progress through the classrooms, further skills-writing, letter groupings, and phonetics-lead our PreKindergartners to sound out words and read.

Montessori

“Montessori is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, care of the environment and each other, and prepares them to contribute to society and to become fulfilled persons. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is mixed age group (3 – 6 ages in one class), individual choice of research and work, and uninterrupted concentration. Group lessons are seldom found in a Montessori classroom, but learning abounds, and because it is enjoyed, children remember what they learn. As you read through these pages you will discover the unique practices that make Montessori the fastest growing and most successful method of education today.” Montessori Index

At Kids Country, we offer Montessori tools for a hands on learning experience. Although we are not a Traditional Montessori School, we incorporate Montessori techniques and tools in all of our classrooms.

Project Approach Traditional 

Project Based Approach:  Kids Country is excited to begin teaching our families through the Project Based Learning Approach.  The main gist of this approach is to allow the children in the classroom to lead where we go each day.  Our topic for the year is THE ZOO so every day in each classroom, we will follow the direction that the class takes us on, exploring the different animals and people involved in the operation of a zoo.  This classroom approach will incorporate every area of the classroom…social studies, science, geography, art, language and math.  We’ll “web” our daily adventures so our families can stay on top of our Zoo Adventures.  Find more benefits of a Project Based Approach at http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/project-based-learning-benefits-best-practices!

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