The Hopkins House Preschool Academy uses the "Creative Curriculum". Through this child-centered curriculum we seek to encourage social competence, making considered choices, self-reliance and independence; and, we seek to broaden their skills through music and movement, science and environmental discovery, family and culture, and language and numbers. Infusing each month with various topics throughout the course of the year, the academy seeks to educate children in the following subjects.
Children learn about reading and writing from hearing stories read aloud, seeing others read and write, reading and writing with the teacher, having opportunities where they interact with books, and writing materials and other forms of print.
When reading and writing, the children are encouraged to draw on personal experiences and pictures, using meaning, language structure, and phonics (letter sound) cues. Big books (books with large print and pictures), class books, and stories or poems with rhyme, rhythm, or repetitive patterns are appealing to children.
Development of letter-sound relationships occur within the framework of stories the children read or write. This specific instruction is always tied to meaning. Foundations for reading and writing are built on what children already know and by expanding and enriching their language through experiences that encourage listening, thinking, and speaking.
In mathematics, children begin using concrete objects to represent numbers, compare quantities (such as many, few, none, same, and different), represent and extend patterns, match and identify shapes and sort objects. Problem-solving skills are encouraged and developed throughout the year as children create their own math stories, solve and illustrate simple story problems and share their thoughts on how a problem is solved.
In science, children investigate and begin to understand simple patterns in their daily lives by recognizing classroom routines and observing and discussing daily weather patterns and seasonal changes. Children begin to study plants and animals and the life processes of each. Activities with shapes, magnets, sand and water encourage further discovery, investigation and problem-solving.
Children examine a variety of picture books and other materials to acquire knowledge about themselves as individuals and as part of a family and a community. Children share family traditions and celebrations, observe changes within the community and explore American traditions, leaders, and historical events. In geography, children begin to learn basic terms and skills and learn to locate areas of land and bodies of water on maps and globes. Differences between economic needs and wants are also taught. Children participate in music, art, writing, technology, poetry and dramatic representation activities.
Music and Movement
Music and movement activities emphasize the development of motor skills, physical fitness, coordination, musical skills and creative expression. Children use balls, plastic hoops, and musical instruments to aid in developing these skills.
A basic introduction to the computer is taught, which includes use of the mouse, keyboard and software that supports the instructional curriculum. Proper use and a basic introduction to the internet are also included in this instruction.
Color Me Healthy
Color Me Healthy
provides fun, original, and interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. The program stimulates all of the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sounds and of course, taste. The Color Me Healthy curriculum uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children that healthy food and physical activity are fun. Some of the lesson plans focus on dairy foods, colors of foods, where foods grow and places that children can be active. Color Me Healthy provides the classroom a colorful, inviting environment, which is an important part of the learning process for preschoolers.