Our theme based, age appropriate curriculum in combination with our uniquely designed learning centers enable your child to master “Core Components” needed for early development. The Kids 'R' Kids curriculum provides teachers with themes and sample lesson plans. According to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), a child has five core components of development: socio-emotional, language, cognitive, physical, and aesthetic.
Infant Curriculum- At no other stage of life is a child more impressionable and equipped for development! The Infant curriculum focuses on the importance of a language rich environment. During planned learning experiences, your baby will gain vital skills through activities that focus on listening, talking, physical development, creativity, and the world around them. Our infant teachers interact with your child directly and intentionally through individualized learning activities, sensory stimulation, outdoor time and exercise, sign language, music, and lots of love and hugs. Our indoor learning environment is equipped with soft, cozy areas that allow children ample space and opportunity to strengthen the muscles essential to their physical development. Our outdoor environment is equipped with age-appropriate play spaces, which allow for fresh air, outdoor activities and exploration. Sign language is introduced to infants when they are about 6-7 months old as they begin playing social games and imitating gestures and actions performed by adults. Research has indicated that babies who sign usually start to talk sooner and develop larger vocabularies.
Toddler Curriculum- The toddler curriculum is predicated on the National Association for the Educatortion of Young Children (NAEYC) by implementing an educational environment which provides weekly themes, learning centers and developmentally appropriate activities. Children learn best by doing. Our curriculum is based on this philosophy and is designed with your child's natural curiosity in mind. It addresses the needs of your toddler through fine and gross motor skills development, group activities, stories and songs, social interaction, language development, and sign language. The toddler curriculum is comprised of monthly themes, learning centers, and play based developmentally appropriate activities that are engaging and enriching. Since we believe that children learn best through play, the Kids R Kids curriculum is based on this philosophy and uses the environment (the classrooms, the outdoors, the equipment, and the people) as the foundation for children's learning.
Toddlers are constantly learning a variety of important life skills- feeding themselves with a spoon, walking, running, and communicating verbally. As they approach two years, new social and verbal skills enter their world and toilet training begins. These newly learned skills bring a new level of independence. The Kids R Kids program provides a positive, stimulating environment for these new skills to develop. Daily schedules and lesson plans are posted, which enable parents to keep track of their child's progress. Written daily reports are prepared so families will know about meal times, nap times, toilet training, and daily activities. We use sign language to help improve open communication between the children and their caregivers. Since toddlers learn through repetition, signing is implemented on a daily basis. It reinforces verbal language by adding visual and kinesthetic emphasis to auditory input. The use of sign language also accelerates a child's verbal language development resulting in a larger vocabulary for the child. Research indicates that signing babies scored higher in intelligence tests, understood more words, showed fewer signs of frustration, and engaged in sophisticated play.
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum- Kids R Kids offers a core curriculum comprised of weekly units that support and extend monthly themes. Each unit is filled with activities designed to meet the needs of all types of learners. Daily group times and enrichments are designed to expand a child's vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. Various activities at each learning station support the theme based lesson. Kids R Kids' primary educational goal is to prepare each child in our preschool program for Kindergarten and their educational career that follows. Recent studies show that our brains reach a developmental peak around the age of 3, when brain activity of a 3-4 year old is twice that of an adult. We realize the importance of this stage in your child's life and have created a well rounded curriculum to challenge and grow your child through teacher-guided & self-directed learning experiences, hands-on involvement, vocabulary building, pre-literacy skills, and decision-making & problem-solving skills.
The preschool curriculum focuses on the following three key indicators that are linked with early reading success:
- Phonological Awareness- the ability to detect the sounds in language. Younger children will be instructed to find phonological units such as words and syllables. Sometimes teachers accomplish this by clapping or counting. Older children will be asked to separate, combine and change the sounds at the smallest unit. Example: /s/-/a/-/t/ = sat or change the “s” to a “b” and you have /b/-/a/-/t/ = bat.
- Letter Knowledge- the association of names of letters with their shapes and sounds. Research shows that alphabet knowledge is one of the best predictors of success in first grade. Teachers first have their children focus on the letters in their names. Children are encouraged to read and write their names in a variety of activities, and they are also exposed to the other letters of the alphabet with the use of alphabet books, the word wall, and group games. First, children will recognize the name of the letters, followed by the sound of the letters. Finally they will be able to generate a list of words with the same initial sounds.
- Print & Book Knowledge- the awareness of how print is used at school, home and community settings. Environmental print is the first type of print that children can “read”. Example: the McDonald's arches are recognized and understood by very young children. In our preschool classrooms, labeling the shelves does not just make cleaning easier for kids, but it also helps them connect words with objects. Posting charts and graphic organizers helps to submerge children in print used for a variety of reasons. The concept of reading from left to right and top to bottom is frequently taught during small group and circle time instruction. The best way to teach these skills is to model the correct behaviors and dramatize what you are doing when you are reading (example: moving your finger across the text as you read).
School Age Curriculum- Children in kindergarten through fifth grade benefit from a variety of curriculum materials written especially for after school hours, holiday breaks and summer camp. Each month, idea calendars, with relevant daily activities, are provided. These calendars encourage children to initiate activities with the support of the teacher. They are designed to be open-ended to inspire children to use their creativity while exploring the topic. During school breaks, week long, theme-based units are supplied. These include group time topics, art activities, and suggestions to enrich classroom zones. Time spent in the Nova, Media, Discovery, Construction, and Open Air Zones provide children with the opportunity to explore themes in a wide variety of ways. Each summer, campers participate in a ten-week super summer adventure. Children involved in the Kids 'R' Kids Summer Program have the opportunity to take a virtual vacation to many fascinating places while learning fun facts and interesting information about our country and the world. By providing an educational environment, Kids 'R' Kids is able to implement learning objectives supported by national teacher organizations. By creating a warm, loving atmosphere, Kids 'R' Kids supports learning in a safe setting, inspiring children to become life-long learners.