Our high-quality curriculum is structured around the children’s abilities and readiness to learn and focus on the areas of gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive milestones.
Starting in Infant I, we begin to teach and use several signs from the Baby Sign Language set; this helps the children communicate their needs before they can use verbal speech.
In Infant 1, we start using individualized curriculum lessons, wherein each child has a folder and we practice with them age and developmentally appropriate activities in the gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive areas (for example, stacking blocks or pointing to various body parts). Our curriculum is based on one developed at the University of Kansas. All levels are taught with a process called Errorless Learning, a technique where we break tasks into their minimum components and teach those using consistent positive reinforcement. Folders contain target skills individualized to each child. Each child has five or six different target skills per week that we will focus on with her or him. The children’s progress, with respect to skills, is recorded every Friday. The criterion for mastery of a particular skill is that at least two teachers witness and record at least three consecutive successful performances of the skill. The fourth successful performance is noted as a star, this means a complete pass for the skill. If the criterion is not met, the target skill will continue to be prompted the next week.
Every child is different and therefore each child masters particular skills at different times. Our folders assist teachers in identifying what skills children have mastered and what activities we can offer during the day so that the child’s experiences enable them to grow. Folder activities are done throughout the day at various times.