Stamford American Elementary School Curriculum Guide - page 10

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The Nursery Program at Stamford is designed to meet the needs of young children
from age 2. Our focus is on the development of the whole child in a language-
rich, challenging and caring environment that stimulates active participation and
meaningful learning. The Nursery Program does not fall under the PYP framework
but does have an inquiry-based, exploratory curriculum that prepares children for the
progression into the PYP.
The Nursery Program is based on play and experimentation, giving children time to
explore, investigate, inquire, ponder and wonder at their own pace, thus building
their confidence and self-esteem. Every activity of play that is introduced into the
classroom has an underlying objective: development of pre-language, cognitive,
social and emotional, creative and fine and gross motor skills. At the same time, we
encourage your child’s spontaneity, curiosity and creativity.
The Nursery curriculum has been devised to complement the PYP and is crafted
from the best curricula and practices from around the world, including the U.S.
Over the course of the academic year, the Nursery students will cover 4 topics of
Exploration and Investigation, each of which will run for approximately 5-6 weeks.
The Nursery curriculum will also focus on 5 areas of learning and development:
Mathematics, Language, Social Studies and Science, the Arts, and Personal, Social
and Physical Education.
Additionally, the physical layout of the Nursery classroom has been divided into 4
areas of learning to facilitate student exploration including Language, Mathematics,
the Arts and Social Studies and Science.
Language
As children develop speaking and listening skills they are building the foundations
for literacy, making sense of visual and verbal signs which ultimately lead to reading
and writing. Young children need to be given the opportunity and encouragement
to interact with others and to use a wide variety of resources to express their
skills for a range of purposes, including mark-making, drawing and modeling. In
Nursery, children are supported in developing the confidence to become skillful
communicators. Language includes a gentle introduction to a foreign language
through daily Mandarin or Spanish activities.
Listening and Speaking
– Children begin to communicate by learning to listen and
speak through emerging non-verbal communication which includes facial expression,
eye contact and hand gestures. Children develop these essential communication
skills through interaction with others, listening to and using language, extending
their vocabulary and experiencing stories, songs, poems and rhymes. Children are
encouraged and given opportunities to talk and clarify their thoughts and ideas or
refer to events they have observed or are curious about.
Reading and Writing
– Children are read a range of familiar stories, words and
simple sentences and they begin to recognize that print carries meaning. Children
are encouraged to independently self-select their favorite books to look at or request
an adult to read to them, either one on one or in a group setting. Children build
an understanding of written words and how, through mark-making, drawing and
personal emergent writing, they attach meaning to text and attempt to write for a
variety of purposes.
Course Descriptions: Early Years Program - Nursery: Age 2-3
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