Curriculum, Assessments, & Communication
Our teachers work hard to plan implement our curriculum on a daily basis. Our bi-weekly themes, allow us to develop daily activities to meet each child's individual needs. Weekly lesson plans are posted on each classroom family communication board for parents to view.
Assessments are completed on ages 6 weeks to 6 years each October, February and May. Teachers will conference with parents to explain these assessments and partner with them to help children achieve their goals.
Funshine Express Curriculum
BUTTERCUPS - 0-3 years
At this young age, kids are developing physical, social/emotional, language and cognitive skills.
Our Buttercups® curriculum encourages and guides the development of large and fine motor skills, as well as introducing music, language, art, cognitive, and other social/emotional experiences.
FIREFLIES - 3-6 years
Our Fireflies® curriculum creates enthusiasm for learning, while building school readiness skills. Monthly themes with daily activities and lesson plans are tailored to fit the needs of your child. Inquiry rich and experience based learning helps children build knowledge. Our curriculum is aligned with the PA State Learning Standards.
Communication and keeping our families involved with daydreamers is a top priority. We use a communication tool called Tadpoles. The Tadpoles program allows our teachers to share photos/videos of the children in action and send daily information such as feeding and pottying or if items are needed.
Visit www.tadpoles.com for more information.
Ounce Scale & Works Sampling Assessments
The Ounce Scale is an observational assessment for evaluating the development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It's purpose is twofold; to provide guidelines and standards for observing and interpreting the growth and behavior of young children and to provide information that parents and caregivers can use in everyday interactions with their children.
The Work Sampling System is an authentic assessment tool designed for children 3-years old through the 6th grade. A tool/process for answering questions about children’s learning, knowledge, progress, skills, and interests. It includes the complimentary processes of documentation and evaluation.
Ages & Stages Questionnaires
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3™) pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Its success lies in its parent-centric approach and inherent ease-of-use—a combination that has made it the most widely used developmental screener across the globe.Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed—the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential.
ASQ is parent-completed. Studies show that parents’ observations of their children are excellent predictors of developmental delays. Since ASQ is a parent-completed tool, it makes the most of families’ in-depth knowledge and helps them become active partners in the screening process.