The Child Academy’s progressive, literacy based curriculum is aunique blend of both child and adult directed lessons grounded in the socio-cultural approach to cognitive development and multiple-intelligences theory. It is an approach that emphasizes theimportance of social learning, community awareness and cultural understanding in earlychildhood development which accommodates the different modes of learningwithin each child. In addition, our curriculum featuresmulti-subject lessons relating to themes from classic children’s booksthat engage the imagination and inspires children’s natural curiosity about the world.
Empirical research indicates that Early literacy benefits include: expanding vocabulary, maintaining longer attention spans and increased retention of information in school. Through wide ranging activities and acrossmultiple subjects, our teachers and students explore the themes of classic children’s stories while reinforcing literacy and a love ofreading which is the foundation forsuccess in primary school and beyond.
STEAM Focused Learning
STEAM is much more than the individual subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in its acronym. STEAM is a philosophy and holistic approach to teaching that connects all educational disciplines through reality based, student centered, problem solving activities and challenges. STEAM classes are meaningful and fun as they foster curiosity and the love of exploration through the incorporation of methods aligned with the natural way children learn and build interest in the world around them. TCA’s STEAM approach and specialized classes are more.
Language & Literacy
Language and literacy skills are tied to a child’s ability to communicate and connect with others through listening, speaking, reading and writing
Learning language is a cognitive and social experience and requires symbolic processing. The relationship between thought and word is a process with continuous shifting between word to thought and back again. The Child Academy features a literacy-rich curriculum and invites children to ask questions and explore ideas through discussion and dramatic play. In addition, we encourage children to construct autobiographical narratives in the form of storytelling, journaling and drawing. Language skills are some of the best predictors of academic success.
Math & Reasoning
Math and reasoning covers a broad range of skills including a child’s ability to count, understand number sense, manipulate objects in space, create and recognize patterns, sort, compare and measure.
Research on children’s learning in the first six years of life confirms the importance of early experiences in mathematics for lasting positive outcomes. Through the Child Academy curriculum, children develop the ability to reason mathematically and become increasingly sophisticated in the ability to recognize and analyze the mathematics inherent in the world around them. Children’s early mathematical experiences play a significant role in the development of their understanding of mathematics, and serve as a foundation for their cognitive development.
Science skills include a child’s ability to inquire, predict and evaluate observations. It supports a child’s ability to explore everyday life, physical properties within the surrounding environment and to make sense of concepts such as weather, natural habitats, and technology.
Similar to learning to count or read, developing skills in science is a lifelong process. Metacognitive skills develop as children describe what they see, ask questions about it, repeat the experience, and then think about how it connects to what they know about their surrounding environment. The Child Academy leverages science-based projects and processes throughout the curriculum because science discovery serves as an ideal conduit for supporting children’s learning across different domains
Physical development refers to a child’s gross and fine motor skills. To increase strength, muscle control and coordination, the child needs an environment that encourages play and fitness, as well as proper nutrition.
Physical development in children follows a directional pattern. Large muscles develop before small muscles. The Child Academy curriculum actively engages a child’s mind and body through multidisciplinary activities that invite children to touch, climb, crawl, and manipulate objects and ideas.
Second Language Acquisition
Learning a second language is a complex social and cognitive process. It includes phases from pre-production where children observe and respond but only with gestures. Over time, the child will progress into speech emergence and then ultimately gain fluency both in second language comprehension and communication.
The Child Academy curriculum includes numerous bilingual tools, colorful visual aids, and hands-on projects that invite children from diverse language backgrounds to participate successfully in the learning community and routines of day. Engaging the child and encouraging him to express himself in the second language throughout the day builds natural connections between real-life and language concepts.
Social & Emotional
Social-emotional development refers to a child’s ability to identify feelings, self-regulate and build relationships.
High-quality relationships correlate to positive outcomes for young children. Brain research also verifies that emotional and cognitive development are interrelated. Therefore, we integrate a social-emotional component into all TCA lesson plans because young children who have strong social and emotional development are more likely to have good academic performance in future schooling.