CURRICULUM 

 

Primary Prep's curriculum is designed to teach students the state standards that are necessary for them to be successful in Kindergarten.  It is a theme based curriculum that was designed by Michelle Manning owner and operator of the Academy of Brighter Children over 30 years ago.  It is supplemented by the Saxon Early Learning Curriculum.  All students are also introduced to the Handwriting Without Tears writing program. 

Each day our classes rotate through each center participating in activities and lessons that support the weekly theme and are appropriate for each age group.  In each center the weekly letter and number is incorporated.

 

CENTERS

  • Circle time - nursery rhymes, songs, The Pledge of Allegiance

  • Language - stories, finger puppet poems, flannel boards, books on tape

  • Discovery -  exploring our world, math, science; small motor skill activities like using pouring, manipulating tongs, playing with play dough, puzzles, blocks

  • Dramatic Play - dress up, housekeeping, role playing, games

  • Creative Experience - tearing, taping, gluing, painting, coloring, writing

  • Physical Movement - stretching, yoga, dancing, indoor and outdoor games; large motor skill activities like bouncing balls, hula-hooping,  keeping a balloon in the air, jumping, skipping

        

VPK CURRICULUM


The VPK curriculum also follows our theme based curriculum, and it is supplemented by the Saxon Early Learning Curriculum.  As the students travel through each center they focus on Kindergarten readiness.  The Saxon Early Learning Curriculum meets the Florida state standards and benchmarks set by the Department of Education.

The Saxon Early Learning Curriculum is a fully integrated, comprehensive early childhood curriculum. It is carefully designed to support 36 weeks of teacher-guided, sequenced, classroom instruction and learning-center activities. Lessons integrate concepts in language and early literacy development, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, health and safety, personal and social development, physical development, and technology. The curriculum provides transitional language support for English-language learners.

 

VPK Writing

 

Writing is a key component to your child’s preparation for kindergarten.  Our VPK students learn to write using the “Handwriting Without Tears” writing program.

Handwriting Without Tears®

Handwriting Without Tears® is a proven success in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.

HWT uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students: pre-k through cursive. The well-planned lessons require minimal preparation time. Thousands of administrators, teachers, therapists, and parents across the country have successfully implemented the program. The result truly is handwriting without tears for all!

 

WEEKLY THEMES

 

August

  • Vehicles
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Transportation
  • Manners/Rules
  • All About Me/Family

 

September

  • Leo Lionni
  • Trees/Leaves
  • Farm Animals
  • Squirrels/Scarecrows

October

  • Apples
  • Fall
  • Pumpkins
  • Native Americans
  • Frank Asch

November

  • Turkeys
  • Pilgrims
  • Thanksgiving
  • David Shannon

December

  • Holidays
  • Holidays
  • Christmas
  • Review Week

January

  • Winter Animals
  • Winter
  • Jan Brett
  • Health/Safety

February

  • Doctor, Dentist
  • Mailman, Valentines
  • Fireman/Policeman
  • Dr. Seuss

March

  • Ladybug/Insects
  • Frank Asch
  • Butterfly/Caterpillar
  • Planting/Flowers

April

  • Underwater/Fish
  • Turtles/Frogs
  • Bunny/Chick/Lamb
  • Easter

May

  • Mothers Day
  • Eric Carle
  • Cooking/Food/Nutrition
  • Teddy Bears/Picnic

June

  • Beach
  • Father's Day
  • Colors/Shapes
  • Elephant/Zoo

 

 

July

  • Camping
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fun Days
  • Independence Day