Blue Ivey Small-JBLarson-113Sign Language (Toddlers & Preschool 2)

Children in our Toddler and Preschool 2 departments are acquiring language at an amazing rate. Still, expressing themselves can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. Sign language gives children who are not always able to express themselves another outlet to do so. Children learn a minimum of five new signs each week that are then built upon throughout their year.

 

Complete Resource Book for Toddlers and Twos

Our preschoolers are so busy exploring the world – so we give them lots of areas to play and work. Children this age are absorbing language at an amazing rate. Through this wonderful curriculum by Pam Schiller we give toddlers and twos lots of words to help explore their world – in and out, up and down, large and small, fast and slow. We also work to activate their five senses, giving children plenty of opportunities to touch, hear, see, smell and even taste the world around them.

 

McGraw Hill/DLM (Preschool 3 & Prekindergarten)

Children learn best when they’re active and involved and this integrated curriculum has children exploring every aspect of the subject at hand. When learning about transportation, our prekindergarten students will study maps for social studies and use cubes to measure the distance from one place to the next in math. Children will move to the rhythms of Wheels on the Bus and talk about the differences between cars and buses, planes and trains. Questions like “Can a bar of soap be used as a boat?” will be asked in science. Books like Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw and flannel board stories like Roll On, Roll On will have preschoolers excited to learn about different ways to travel. And of course, they will get the chance to tell their own stories about their last vacation or trip to grandmother’s house through journal writing and working with classmates on collaborative stories.

 

Count on Math (Preschool 3 & Prekindergarten)

Blue Ivey Small-JBLarson-32Children learn best when starting with the abstract and working toward the concrete. Through Schiller and Peterson’s Count On Math curriculum we introduce math concepts such as spatial relationships, classifications, one-to-one correspondence and patterning through hands on use of everyday objects, from counting bears to pattern blocks to leaves.

 

Letter People (Prekindergarten)

Mr. G loves his gorgeous, gooey gum. Children love alliteration and tongue twisters, and The Letter People help our students learn letters and sounds through stories, songs and books.

 

Phonics by Modern Curriculum Press (Kindergarten)

Teaching phonics allows children to make the connection between letters and the sounds they make. Everyday phonics instruction helps improve kindergarten students’ word recognition, reading comprehension and spelling. At Blue Ivey School we use the Modern Curriculum Press Phonics workbook to make sure our students are making the connection between letter sounds and words.

 

Reader’s Theater (Kindergarten)

Studies have shown children learning to read work so hard at sounding out sentences, by the time their finished with the words they have no idea what they have read. With reader’s theater, each child has his or her own special part in a script. They spend the week learning to read that part with feeling and expression. Along the way, they learn tracking, comprehension, sight words, and teamwork. At week’s end, the children perform their script for groups around the school, building their self-confidence and excitement for reading.

 

Everyday Mathematics (Kindergarten)

This innovative curriculum from the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project eliminates that age old question, “Why do I have to learn math? I’ll never use it in real life.” We all use math, every day, in one form or another and this hands-on curriculum shows kindergarteners why math is so important and how they use it everyday. Students also learn to create their own words problems that help enhance their creativity and higher-order thinking.

 

Enrichment:

 

Spanish

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and preschoolers have a unique capacity for picking up sounds and absorb new grammar before age 6. Each week our students in Preschool 2 and older work with our Spanish teacher to learn this language and expand their world. Classroom teachers work with the children throughout week to reinforce these fun new words and concepts.

 

Music

Music helps develop our children’s brains and capacity for learning. Studies show information put to music is more easily learned and retained. Plus, dancing and singing is just plain fun! Children of all ages at Blue Ivey School enjoy a music class each week as part of their curriculum. (Taught by an outside instructor)

 

 

Swimming (Kindergarten Only)

First and foremost, learning to swim is a life-long skill that will keep children safe. That’s why each of our kindergarten students have the opportunity to travel to our sister school, Galaxy Ranch School in Rockwall for swim instruction each week in the spring. The benefits of swimming far exceed safety – children who know how to swim have a world of water sports and fun awaiting them. Swimming is also a wonderful exercise that provides a full-body workout while being relaxing at the same time.