Building Bridges Curriculum
Research shows that children grow and learn best in a safe environment that provides opportunities to explore, create and communicate with other children and adults. Our program encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving through meaningful play for individual growth and development of a positive self-image. We use the Building Bridges Curriculum to guide us in the design of thematic lesson plans with learning activities that are interesting and challenging to the varying abilities of children in their classrooms. Learning centers, or interest areas, invite children to explore and construct their own knowledge. Teachers act as guides who will listen to ideas, applaud progress and motivate children to envision and think in new ways to provide a healthy balance between both planned and spontaneous activities in response to children’s interests.
The curriculum at AsheBridge Children’s Academy is diverse and rich in content. We include science, literature, math, literacy, music, art, dance and so much more into our activities. This helps foster social interactions, independent play, exploration and creativity. Our preschool is committed to a hands-on approach where children are encouraged to use their imaginations as they explore our equipment and materials. Much of the “work” done by children each day is intangible, yet rich in experience and life skills. Classroom schedules are set up out to give children the opportunity to engage in child-directed activities and playing, as well as participate in teacher-lead group activities that build social skills (sharing, listening, sharing thoughts with friends), cooperation and sense of a classroom community.
Academically, the preschool program is designed to help children learn basic skills in math (counting, number recognition, patterns, classification skills, etc.), pre-reading (letter and sound recognition, journaling activities, etc.) and science (exploration, observation, nature collecting, hands-on experiments, cooking, etc.) These concepts are presented in all classes in developmentally-appropriate, fun and creative ways. Art is an important tool in teaching all of these concepts by promoting self-expression, self-esteem and respect for others. Our curriculum readies each child for the next steps in life, whether they are graduating from the toddler classroom or heading to kindergarten.
Learning Centers and Daily Experiences
Your child’s preschool classroom itself is also an invaluable teaching tool. The space has been carefully designed to delight, intrigue and inspire young learners. Each classroom is divided into Learning Centers. Each center invites children to explore and marvel at the wonders of the world. No matter which area captures their interest on a particular day, know that they are developing important skills. As children move from center to center, teachers act as a guides who will listen to ideas, applaud progress and motivate children to envision and think in new ways.
- Circle Time: This is where your child starts their day through meaningful experiences like storytelling, singing songs, show and tell and matching games. Children learn to express their ideas, associate the written word with the spoken word and discover their world independently.
- Art: Children experience art through the freedom of touching, feeling, pulling, twisting, tearing, pasting, bending, scraping, cutting, pounding, shaping, and so much more. They are developing a feel for forms, balance, line, color, and shape as well as gaining practice in problem solving. They are learning about various relationships, sharpening their powers of observation, and beginning the process of logical thinking, and developing motor skills. Art is a hands-on activity for your child.
- Music: Music activities give children opportunities to use their entire bodies for learning and exploring their surroundings, build awareness by listening to the many kinds of sounds, and help children experience the release and freedom of body movement. Children will be encouraged to test their vocal and kinesthetic abilities and to have fun while they are experimenting. We emphasize the enjoyment of participation.
- Blocks: This is an area where children can stack and count blocks to help them learn measurement, size, weight and number concepts. They also build hand-to-eye coordination, and develop control of their wrists, hands and fingers. They will develop problem-solving skills through trial and error. If a block structure falls, your child might try it a different way until satisfied with the results.
- Dramatic Play: We have dress-up clothes, props and child-sized furniture that invite children to make believe. They try new careers, learn to share, make friends and express different emotions. Children also learn life skills like turning knobs on and off or buttoning and zipping clothes.
- Math: Children learn sorting and counting skills, putting materials in order and patterning. Math is a way of finding things out, a way of problem solving. Through manipulating small materials, children will also begin to understand basic concepts such as big/little, large/small, same and different.
- Science: Children have the opportunity to have hands-on, real-life activities that encourage a sense of discovery. The activities include caring for classroom pets, age-appropriate experiments, using magnets, magnifiers, sand and water tables.
AsheBridge Children’s Academy is a close preschool community where children are enriched by caring relationships, strong friendships, and a creative environment. AsheBridge is an educational preschool with daycare hours to meet all of your child care needs. Full and part time childcare, quality curriculum, caring staff and a strong devotion to quality early childhood education in Fuquay-Varina, NC and Cary Apex, NC. It’s all here at AsheBridge Children’s Academy!