Smart Start Early Learning Center offers a comprehensive kindergarten curriculum by providing instruction in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, art, physical education, and music. We strive to practice Emergent Curriculum1 so as to create a learning environment representative of each child’s personal interests and individual Multiple Intelligence2 learning styles. We implement Reading Street Literacy Curriculum3 and Everyday Math Curriculum4, but we are not limited to using only the leading early childhood learning curriculums, as we do not want to promote “canned” kindergarten curriculum in our program. Your child is in the driver’s seat, determining the direction we take. Their ideas, interests, and goals are always in the forefront as we create a curriculum that best fits individual needs and builds strong social, emotional, and academic foundations. Additionally, we utilize the Daily Five5 in all our core subjects as a means to teach and promote independence and confidence in children, a routine that ensures their active participation in their personal school success. To register for our kindergarten program, children must have already turned 5 or will be turning 5, prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year.
1.Emergent Curriculum: A way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interests and passions, as the teacher fits those into that individual child’s goals. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience.
2.Multiple Intelligences: Nine different styles of processing and learning information. These learning styles include: Mathematical, Linguistic, Naturalistic,
Bodily/Kinetic, Musical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Spiritual.
3.Reading Street Literacy Curriculum: Literacy-based curriculum that is guided by the goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is a plan for small-group and whole-group learning. Each weekly selection deepens understanding of the given concept and expands concept vocabulary.
4.Everyday Math Curriculum: A pre-K and elementary school mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. A typical lesson has three parts: teaching the lesson, ongoing learning practice, and differentiation options to support the learning-style and academic needs of all students. The curriculum is now published by McGraw-Hill Education.
5.Daily Five: A structure that allows for differentiation in the classroom and provides consistency. It is a classroom management system of five tasks that teaches