Curriculum: Preschool

Curriculum: Preschool

 

From age three to five children at Cliff Valley learn through play, exploration, and discovery. Every activity is geared toward enhancing a child’s academic, emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development.  We use small group, highly differentiated instruction to ensure students' readiness in math, reading, science, language arts, and social studies. We promote problem-solving skills and encourage creativity, curiosity, self-direction and responsibility. All preschoolers spend time outside every day, explore music, and begin learning Spanish language and culture.

Our curriculum objectives and developmental expectations are based on research, guidelines and standards from sources which include:

  • Standards for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • Georgia Early Learning and Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards, Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Understanding by Design model of curriculum development
  • National Reading Panel's findings on early literacy and learning
  • Learning theory, longitudinal studies of human development and brain research
  • Emergent curriculum models: Reggio Emelia, Project Approach
Three-Year-Olds
Teachers of three-year-olds provide a language- and print-rich environment in which writing and print become meaningful to children and they can begin to learn the connections between written and spoken language. Our three-year-old students explore the possibilities of clay, paint and other art materials, engage in imaginative play by dressing up and trying out new roles, plant and care for growing things in the garden, begin learning to use language to negotiate conflicts, to express their feelings and to share experiences.
Pre-Kindergarten

We offer two options for our pre-kindergarten program: a full-day class and a half-day class. The program embeds literacy, language, and math activities into a rich curriculum that takes into account the interests of the children in the classroom.