Programs and Curriculum

Infant Program:

  • Developing a coordinated manner to explore body, objects, and environment through the five senses
  • Engaging in play with familiar adults within environment
  • Numbers & Operation:
    • Stacking and un-stacking blocks
    • Dumping & filling buckets
  • Explore different types of music and movement through teacher guided activities
  • Engage in simple art activities

Young Toddlers Program (13-18 months):

Language and Literacy:

  • Following simple one-step directions
  • Using art materials to scribble
  • Using one or two words or simple sign language to communicate to others
  • Explore with books and pictures

Fine Motor:

  • Stacking toys and blocks
  • Putting simple puzzles together
  • Using spoons and forks for eating
  • Manipulating smaller objects

Math:

  • Grouping objects by size, color, and shapes
  • Counting objects
  • Simple measurement

Scientific Thinking:

  • Five senses
  • Exploring animals, plants, and body parts
  • Water play

Gross Motor:

  • Running, climbing, jumping balancing, and throwing

Toddler Programs also include:

  • Art exploration
  • Music and movement activities
  • Dramatic play center
  • Splash days

Tween Toddlers Program (19-23 months):

Language and Literacy:

  • Letter and color recognition
  • Singing simple songs and finger plays
  • Exploring with books and texts
  • Using simple sentences and expanding vocabulary

Gross Motor:

  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • Running

Fine Motor:

  • Holding silverware, pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Beginning with scissors

Math:

  • Emergent counting
  • Number recognition
  • Simple measurement
  • Sorting objects by color, shape, or size

Scientific Thinking:

  • Exploring the five senses
  • Cooking activities
  • Observation of simple experiments
  • Weather and seasons

Toddler Programs also include:

  • Art and music exploration
  • Dramatic play center
  • Splash days
  • Color recognition

Older Toddlers Program (24-36 months):

Language and Literacy:

  • Recognizing some letters in own name and in alphabet
  • Singing the ABC's
  • Following simple two-step directions
  • Exploring with books and texts
  • Using simple sentences in communication between other children and adults
  • Singing along to simple songs and fingerplays

Fine Motor:

  • Practicing self help skills such as Velcro, snaps, and buttons
  • Practicing putting on jacket, shoes, and making naptime cot
  • Manipulating small objects
  • Handling writing and drawing tools with more refined control

Math: 

  • Identifying some numbers
  • Grouping objects into sets
  • Shapes and colors
  • Simple measurement
  • Counting small numbers of objects

Scientific Thinking: 

  • Five senses
  • Exploring plants, animals, and body parts
  • Cooking activities
  • Water and sand play
  • Observations with simple experiments
  • Weather and seasons

Gross Motor:

  • Running, climbing, jumping, balancing, throwing, and kicking

Toddler Programs also include:

  • Art exploration
  • Music and movement activities
  • Dramatic play center
  • Bike days (older toddlers only)
  • Splash days

Preschool 1 Program (3-4 years):

Explore creativity through hands-on experiences, center play, and teacher-guided educational activities!

Language and Literacy:

  • Recognizing rhyming and opposite words
  • Recognizing letters in own name
  • Recognizing all uppercase letters
  • Exploring books and answering simple questions about events in story

Mathematical Thinking:

  • Counting to 10 and beyond
  • Identifying numbers 1-10
  • Sorting objects into categories
  • Measurements
  • Collection of data
  • Shapes

Scientific Thinking:

  • Life cycles
  • Weather
  • Five Senses
  • Seasons
  • Plants and animal observations

Fine Motor:

  • Tracing letters and numbers
  • Cutting out simple shapes
  • Writing own name

Preschool 2 Program (4-5 years):

We as educators know that a child's education starts well before Kindergarten. In our Preschool 2 program, our goal is to work with all the students on different levels so they feel confident entering Kindergarten, and have the education and life skills to be successful in Kindergarten and the years after.

Language and Literacy:

  • Recognizing all upper and lower case letters
  • Identifying all letter sounds
  • Identifying rhyming words and opposites
  • Identifying Kindergarten word wall words and using them in simple sentences
  • Retelling simple stories
  • Identifying days of the week, and months of the year
  • Identifying vowels and their sounds
  • Sequencing
  • Kid writing: allowing students to learn to read and write through gradual approximation to adult conventions

Mathematical Thinking:

  • Practicing touch counting skills
  • Comparing numbers of objects with more than, less than, and equal to
  • Counting from 1-50 and beyond
  • Identifying and writing numbers 1-20
  • Understand simple addition and subtraction problems using visual objects
  • Using different measuring tools
  • Collection of data
  • Counting in Spanish 1-31 (For calendar use)

Fine Motor:

  • Using proper pencil grip while writing
  • Ability to write all upper and lower case letters, first and last name, word wall words, and simple sentences using letter Letter Formation technique
  • Able to hold scissors correctly while cutting out more difficult shapes

Scientific Thinking: 

  • Name basic parts of living things
  • Identifying changes in matte
  • Life cycles (ex. Frogs and butterflies)
  • Identify weather and seasons
  • Explore animals and their habitats
  • Planting and gardening activities
  • Understanding how magnets work
  • Float and sink observations

All Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs include 6 basic learning centers:

  • Science Center
  • Block Center
  • Math / Manipulative Center
  • Language & Literacy / Writing Center
  • Art Center
  • Dramatic Play Center

During warmer weather, both Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program participate in Bike and Splash days!

Kindergarten Enrichment Program (5-6 years):

Most children only have half-day Kindergarten. The other half of the day, the students focus in the curriculum that is being taught during school hours. The children in this program will engage in more in-depth Language and Literacy activities, math skills, and many hands-on science experiments. The student will also be able to engage in free play centers, where they will be able to socialize with other students in a positive manner. In this program, your child will refine skills such as:

  • Emergent reading
  • Emergent writing
  • Emergent addition and subtraction
  • Basic phonics knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Various creative outlets
  • Imaginative play
  • Fine motor skills
  • Basic scientific inquiry

School Age Before & After School Program (6-12 years):

Discovery Junction's before and after school program gives growing children a fun and safe place to engage in. During these hours, your child will be able to:

  • Complete homework
  • Play games
  • Socialize with peers
  • Engage in ongoing activities
  • Practice leadership sills
  • Learn about being responsible
  • Engage in large group discussions and activities

We offer care for school students from 1st grade through 5th grade. Our before and after school program is open for care during Holiday Breaks, teacher in-service days, snow days, or cancellations. Our center also provides bus transportation to all Palmyra Elementary School.

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