Curriculum

Our comprehensive curriculum and planning process differentiates us from other pre-school programs. We developed our curriculum based on traditional Montessori objectives, as well as best practices for a changing world. We wrote the curriculum on a continuum across the age range so that parents and teachers are reminded of the building blocks of learning. This approach also focuses our development of individual tactics to meet the current learning objectives of each child. Click here for a copy of our curriculum. This curriculum identifies clear, detailed learning objectives across all aspects of pre-school:

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Physical Development

Large and fine motor skill development, body expression, dressing skills

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Social Development

Manners, empathy, sportsmanship

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Reading Readiness

Oral language skills, phonemic awareness and letter recognition, reading comprehension

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Mathematical Reasoning

Sorting, pattern recognition and creation, one-to-one correspondence

Our monthly planning process starts with teachers evaluating the objectives that have been practiced and mastered over the previous time period. Then the teachers review the next objectives and develop tactics that will appeal to the current students. As part of the lesson planning process the teachers review the tactics to ensure that there is a mix of large and small group activities, as well as individually directed activities. In addition, the teachers check that the tactics address different learning styles: auditory, visual, and sensory. SOCDS 2021 Monthly Themes

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Themes

Our themes are meant to be broad enough to allow the teachers to create age appropriate activities, and comprehensive enough to provide extensive prompts for conversation during Morning Message and circle time.

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Authors

Our author study is more than just reading works from different authors. We want children to see what authors look like, to study how they work, and to appreciate different writing styles. We want children to leave SOCDS understanding that authors are people too.

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Poetry

SOCDS uses poetry as a tool to introduce vocabulary, visualization, and word play.  Our students practice the monthly poems in their classroom and then we all practice together during morning meeting.

Gardening

Ms. Linda has created a hands on gardening program for our children.  They are learning about the growth cycle as well as the relationship between our environment, animals, and ourselves.

Art

Ms. Jenny has created a wonderful program that allows children to express their creativity while practicing eye hand coordination, attention to detail, and patience.

Each class joins her in the art room once a week.

Physical Education

We feel that children need to run and enjoy the outdoors. Our playground in the biggest in the area and provides a safe place for children to explore their body movements as well as nature. We are regularly outside and will continue leveraging the outside play space for our students.  Our philosophy is based on the Maria Montessori’s acknowledgment, “If you let children run wild, they will act like animals.” With this observation comes the responsibility to model good group behavior to be present to prevent conflicts between more dominant children and others.

Center Activities

At SOCDS our students are engaged with Center Work for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. The teachers set up different centers throughout the classroom and use a variety of techniques to start children to the centers and to ensure that children rotate through all the centers. The beauty of the Montessori Tradition is that most of the center experiences are scaleable. This means that similar materials can be used for a variety of skill levels. Maria Montessori referenced this method as letting children become familiar with their world, and then disrupting their current understanding. Children will feel safe exploring similar materials to better understand the next set of learning objectives.

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Social Development

Manners, empathy, sportsmanship

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Physical Development

Large and fine motor skill development, body expression, dressing skills

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Mathematical Reasoning

Sorting, pattern recognition and creation, one-to-one correspondence

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Reading Readiness

Oral language skills, phonemic awareness and letter recognition, reading comprehension