Alphabetland will use both its own teacher-created curriculum and the “Just for Two” program for the two-year-olds. Together, they are specifically planned to meet their developmental needs. Two-year-olds need consistency, warmth, lots of care and much verbalizing from supportive adults. Monthly thematic units make this an exciting and complete program.
The three-year-olds will be using Alpha-Phonics as their main language arts program. This is a total language arts program which includes letters and sounds, classification skills, perceptual games, social development, self-awareness and human understanding through literature. The children will be taught to recognize and write capital and lowercase letters. They will also learn the letter sounds. They will learn number and alphabet concepts through pictures, stories and oral discussions led by the teacher.
The three-year-olds will also be learning math skills such as counting by ones, fives and tens, number recognition, measurements, geometry, sorting, and patterns. They will be using various math manipulatives to help develop conceptual understanding in math.
Three-year-olds start to show growing interest in other people so social development is also emphasized. Other features of the three-year-old program are developing small and large muscle coordination, art, music, dramatic play and creative movements.
The four-year-olds will continue to use Alpha Phonics as their main language arts program with Open Court and SRA as a supplement. The four-year-olds will blend letters to make words, recognize certain sight words, and start using readers.
In the area of mathematics, we will be using a variety of math materials including teacher created worksheets, learning games, and other math manipulatives. The children will continue to learn measurements, patterns, sorting, money, operations, and geometry.
The four-year-olds will also participate in learning centers which include games and puzzles that help strengthen reading and math skills. Some of these include Tangrams, memory games, and Smart Games which is an award-winning brain game company that promotes spatial insight and logical reasoning.
Lastly, the four-year-olds will be introduced to smart tablets. They will be using the Core Lexia Reading Program which provides personalized learning on fundamental literacy skills. They will be using the IXL which is an online math program that motivates students through interactive games and exercises.
The Pre-K children will be given a Kindergarten curriculum. In addition, they will continue to use the IXL Math Program. New smart games will also be implemented for their appropriate level.