The Barbereux School provides an environment conducive to the natural development of young children. We believe education is a process of unfolding rather than acquiring, and little children learn best through many play-based opportunities that allow them to manipulate and explore their environment and ideas. The act of learning through discovery makes the knowledge much more meaningful. The teacher’s main goal is to set up the classroom and guide the child towards discovery.
For the purpose of identifying the skills we want children to acquire, the following curriculum is divided by subject/developmental area. At Barbereux, we believe our curriculum is a living document that is continually updated as the children and world at large change over time.
Language Arts Goals:
The goal of our language arts program is to get your children to enjoy listening and exploring a variety of books. We want to engage the kids and get them acting out or retelling simple stories and rhymes with our teachers. Our goal is to get your children to acquire an appreciation for all kinds of stories and foster their creativity. Eventually your children will be creating their own fantastical stories.
Our Language Arts program will increase listening skills and help develop appropriate and effective speaking skills and vocabulary. Your child will then develop phonological awareness and begin to recognize letters of the alphabet. This will lead to them recognizing their name and eventually a desire to experiment with writing and drawing using letters and symbols.
Some of Our Language Arts Activities:
- Read books to groups and individual children
- Act out favorite nursery rhymes and stories
- Allow (and help to guide, if needed) the children to create a story line to follow when playing in the house corner, building with blocks, etc.
- Tell stories that do not have pictures. (This activity increases children’s listening and creative thinking skills by encouraging them to create images in their minds, instead of relying on pictures created by someone else.)
- Conduct individual and class discussions about books, adventures and everyday events
- Take dictation of children’s ideas and comments. • Allow children the materials and time to experiment with writing.
- Play sequencing, rhyming and letter sound games
Children will be exposed to activities that foster:
- Color identification and patterns
- Matching and comparing
- Counting and classifying
- Number awareness and recognition
- One-to-one correspondence
- Shape identification/geometry
- Part and whole and spatial relations
- Ordering and sequencing
- Measuring and estimating
- Simple addition & subtraction
- Acquire and use math terminology
- Use technology to explore concepts and strengthen skills
Some of Our Math Activities:
- Investigate common manipulatives including:
- Puzzles (board, free-standing & free three dimensional)
- Table blocks and Pattern blocks
- Beads, buttons and other items that can be sorted
- Play number-related games (mostly the Junior Kindergarten) such as: Hi Ho Cherry Oh!, Candy Land, simple card games, and bingo games.
- Include the children whenever math is used throughout the day. Examples include counting children for snack and lunch, matching shoes, passing out napkins and snack
- Talk with children using math terms such as: “You drew a circle,” “How many blocks did you use to build that tower?,” “Look at the pattern you made with the chains.”
- Make different types of graphs
- Measure with standard and nonstandard measurements.
Your children will explore and discover though many units of science including colors, animals, seasons, cooking, life cycles, the five senses, magnets, recycling and more! Our goal is that through these units your child will:
- Develop an appreciation for the wonders of nature.
- Develop observation skills.
- Develop a love for experimenting.
- Seek answers through active exploration.
- Predict and gather data from various sources.
- Analyze, question and evaluate data .
- Use scientific language, tools and technology.
- Learn and follow safety procedures.
Some of Our Science Activities:
- Take nature walks throughout the year. During each walk we discuss what the children discover. The activity can be extended in the classroom by reading books about what was discovered, drawing pictures or creating a class book from pictures drawn and dictation by the children or photographs taken by the teacher(s).
- Maintain a science table for items to explore such as rocks, seashells, flowers, plants, seeds, etc.
- Read fiction and nonfiction science books.
- Explore a variety of substances in the sensory tables
- Engage in in-depth units of study involving experimenting, discussing discoveries and ideas, documenting predictions and new knowledge, reading non-fiction and fiction books.
Children will be exposed to activities that will help them:
- Learn to appreciate a variety of art styles.
- Learn to work with various media.
- Acquire a sense of pride about their art accomplishments.
- Use creative arts as an avenue for self expression.
- Enjoy the creative process.
Some of Our Art Activities:
- Finger painting, easel painting, marble painting
- Coloring, drawing, tracing and mural making
- Printing with potatoes, vegetables, car wheels, etc.
- Making collages with a variety of materials such as beans, buttons, and bits of paper
- Cutting activities to help develop fine motor skills
- Discussing and responding to works of art
Music & Drama | Social Studies
Music & Drama:
Our goal is to help your children develop a sense of rhythm and respond to music through singing and movement and be able to role-play with other children using stories and real-life situations. Using these skills, they can not only excel in the arts but also in their other subjects as well.
Some of our activities include:
- Move to music (piano or other instruments as well as recorded music) mimicking the movements of animals, forms of transportation and or using different gaits (skipping, hopping, galloping) to match the music.
- Sing with the piano, guitar, etc.
- Mimic rhythms by clapping hands, tapping rhythm sticks or other simple instruments.
- Act out various rhymes and stories in a formal and informal manner.
- Develop improvisation skills.
- Create scenery and props to accompany role-playing.
The goal of our social studies program is t5o develop awareness and appreciation for not only the diverse cultures of our students, but also of other cultures from around the world. Your child will gain a basic understanding governing, fairness, and cooperation which will teach them the purpose of following the rules
Our Social Studies activities include:
- Learn about holidays that are meaningful to one or more of the children/teachers.
- Explore the diversity of our classroom and the world through posters, artwork, songs, books and play items.
- Participate in voting as a way of making choices.
- Act out or dramatic play of community venues and workers.
- Create a classroom book that includes a page about each family or each culture represented in the class.
- Invite family members to share appropriate activities that represent a family’s heritage.
Social & Emotional Skills | Physical Development
Social & Emotional Skills:
We work with your children to create an environment in which they can start to recognize and name their feelings and learn to express them appropriately. Your child will start to learn how to treat adults and their peers with respect and begin communicating effectively and appropriately so they can acquire good friendship skills and cooperation.
Some activities to foster these skills include:
- Talk about and continually model appropriate manners. Acquiring these skills is an ongoing process.
- Encourage the use of words instead of tears or physical means. We help them express to us what is wrong so we can help them solve problems.
- Teach problem-solving skills by modeling how to resolve conflicts peacefully, giving suggestions when there is conflict, or allowing the children to contribute ideas on how a problem could be solved.
- Consistently read about and discuss friendship issues throughout the year.
- Include the children in creating and maintaining the classroom rules and resolving classroom conflicts.
- Provide activities where children can achieve success and help others achieve success.
Physical development is important for children for a variety of reasons. Our goal is to help your children develop a variety of large-motor skills as well as fine motor control/skills. You will start to notice your child developing an attention span for age appropriate activities and see them start to learn about health-related fitness and nutrition as well.
Our Physical Development activities include:
- Large Motor:
- Outdoor play, indoor activities, and music/rhythm activities.
- Small Motor:
- Cutting, stringing beads, puzzles, drawing, using pegboards, painting, lacing activities, etc.
- Attention span increases with age and a gradual exposure to longer and more complex group time as well as individual exposure to more complex activities.
- Regularly discuss and read about safety in class as well as general, fitness and health practices.
- Apply the principles and components of health related fitness and nutrition through play and helping with snack time duties.
- Playing safely and prevent illness or injury.