School for Young Children implements a Tri-Level Curriculum: Play, Thematic, and Reading and Math Readiness.

PLAY CURRICULUM (for children 12 months- 5 years) is a child-initiated curriculum, which permits the young child to select from a well-chosen variety of play materials. These include paint, clay, drawing materials, blocks, puzzles, and make-believe or socio-dramatic play materials. The role of the teacher is to design a well-balanced play area, evaluate the level of play of each child, and use appropriate methods or techniques to promote the play to a more advanced level.

THEMATIC CURRICULUM (for children ages 3-5 years) involves the teacher’s stimulation of learning around a theme (such as rabbits) in order to keep the children highly motivated to learn. The curriculum follows a progression from,

  1. providing the child a learning experience either verbally (reading a book about rabbits) or motorically (petting and caring for a real rabbit); to
  2. helping the child to process new information through questioning; to
  3. Having the child represent this knowledge through play, in symbols (e.g. painting pictures about rabbits) and in signs (written or spoken words).

These experiences cluster around a theme or study that now becomes a “shared reality” or content for classroom play.

READING AND MATH READINESS (ages 4 and up) involves an instructional framework made up of a step-by-step sequence based on pre-planned goals. The teacher initiates, evaluates, determines, and re-determines the child’s performance.