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Our Kindergarten Program

Comprehensive curriculum preparing children for school success

Our center develops expectations and practices in concert with our state curriculum standards so children make an easy transition into the local school system. At the same time, our curriculum builds off the child’s knowledge base and skills, learning style, and interests. There is a clear emphasis on the development of strong language, math, and science skills. Important “school skills” of listening carefully, following through on a sequence of tasks, and working cooperatively are reinforced.

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Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Connecting spoken words to written words, enjoying books independently, retelling stories, writing letters and numbers, indentifying some words on sight.
  • Math Counts Beginning to use standard measurements, beginning addition.
  • Science Rocks Exploring the world in more depth using tools such as magnifying glasses and microscopes, recording observations in science journals.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, engaging in collage and three-dimensional artwork, exploring dance, music, and dramatic arts
  • Our World Practicing empathy and compassion towards others, cultural exploration through children’s literature.
  • Well Aware Continuing focus on healthy activity and eating, taking responsibility for own health, beginning to study how our bodies are cared for.

Learning at Home

Exploding Milk Colors

You Will Need:

1 pie plate, Whole milk (about a cup), 3-4 different colors of food coloring, 1 bottle liquid soap

Directions:

Fill the pie plate with milk and allow it to come to room temperature. Add a few drops of food coloring to milk. Put a single drop of liquid soap in the middle of your plate, and watch your milk colors explode!

Tip:

Ask: “How much milk should we use?” What colors do you want to add?” “How many drops of blue are you going to use?” “What do you think will happen?” Why this works: Milk contains fats and proteins in solution. Any change in the solution (adding soap) affects these fats and proteins. The soap makes the fats and proteins twist, bend and change into all kinds of shapes. The soap has weakened the surface tension, which is the watery skin that holds the liquid’s molecules together. When they move they mix the colors. Ask “What happened to the colors?” “ Do you see new colors now?” “Why do you think the colors move?”

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