Discover our curriculum
Through monthly themes, we implement a variety of venues including science, language arts, music, literature, math, dramatic play, and creative movement. Each monthly theme is broken down into specific lessons, experiments, and activities that allow children to explore each theme in great depth.
Zoo Phonics is an integral part of our phonics program. It is a kinesthetic method for teaching phonics, reading, spelling and writing using literature. The program is based on 26 animals, one representing each letter, each of whom use a different signal, or movement, to teach pre-readers letter sounds. For more information on Zoo Phonics please visit www.zoophonics.com.
Our monthly themes
- All About Me
- A World of Color
- The Shape of Things
- Insects & Bugs
- Animal World
- Nursery Rhymes and Tales
- Nutrition and Health
- Seasons and Weather
- The World Outside (Plants, Flowers, & Trees)
Areas of focus
Self Expression through Art: We help children explore different artistic media and provide a means for them to express their creativity. By providing the right materials and a positive environment, children will share and display their creations. This may get messy!
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Children are naturally curious and we want to foster that talent, by encouraging them to ask questions and find solutions. We want the children to more clearly understand the world around them through their own exploration.
Fine & Gross Motor Skills: Early childhood is a unique time when children learn independence and gain new skills. We will help develop these motor skills with a variety of activities every day. We know that as children's abilities increase, so does their confidence.
Language Arts: Children will build a solid foundation in language through story telling, finger plays, games, and classification activities. We believe a broad and strong understanding of language will ensure future educational success.
Math: We feel children must have a strong foundation in math, before moving on to more abstract concepts. Each new skill they acquire will be built on the knowledge gained from prior skills. Some of the concepts we focus on are: classification, patterning, sequencing, numeration, and measurement.
Music: We want to build confidence in children through singing, playing instruments, and moving with music. We will create a fun and inviting environment where children can share their talents and be creative.
Dramatic Play: Imaginative play is an important way for children to express feelings and role play. We provide opportunities for imagination both in the classroom and in outside play.
Science & Discovery: By introducing children to science, they will explore their environment and the world around them. They will learn with their own hands using magnifying glasses, digging for creatures, classifying objects, and conducting experiments.
In order to help children better understand the world around them, we invite several community leaders to teach the children about their fields of interest. The children get a hands on look into what each person does to help in our community. Parents or family members are always welcome to come and share a special skill or profession with the students. While visitors vary by year, the following were the community leaders who visited in 2011:
- Police Officer
- Zoo Keeper
- Fresno Philharmonic Musician
- Children's Book Illustrator
- Bee Keeper
Young children are sensory learners and use all their senses to explore the world. As an in-home based preschool, children will have the opportunity to participate in two cooking classes a month. Children develop math concepts through counting, measuring, timing, and ordering events. As well as science concepts including temperature, volume, how something can change when it is heated, etc. Children are able to be creative, learn about nutrition, and will increase their fine motor control.
We take several fieldtrips over the course of the year. Fieldtrips are always held on a Friday and are open to both sessions. The annual fieldtrips include:
- San Joaquin River Center
- Cobb's Ranch Pumpkin Patch
- Whole Foods Market
- Historic Fresno Fire Station
- CSU Fresno Farm