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Quarry Lane Preschool Academics

Our preschool curriculum is carefully designed to span the course of twelve months and provide a balanced year of academic, social and emotional growth for our students. Our expert faculty and staff combine a variety of teaching approaches, curriculum programs, and specialty classes that are matched to each developmental stage in order to ignite a student's curiosity and natural love for learning.



Preschool Curriculum and Developmental Goals

Toddler Program (15 months to 2 years)

The toddler program provides a safe and nurturing environment filled with warmth and affection from their teachers. A child’s first years are critical to their growth and success in life; our toddler program strives to balance nurturing and caring with a young child’s growing need for both structure and independence. Quarry Lane School prepares your child for future success with a wide range of learning experiences as they move through many developmental stages.

Curriculum and developmental goals for our Toddler Program include:

  • Learning to be independent
  • Language development
  • Social development: peer interactions, taking turns, sharing and putting toys away
  • Large motor coordination
  • Eye ­hand coordination
  • Developing listening skills
  • Music and movement activities
  • Primary colors
  • Introduction to number concepts
  • Introduction to the alphabet

Young Preschool Program (2 years - 3 years)

This program balances nurturing and caring with a young child’s growing need for both structure and independence. Teachers focus on weekly letters of the alphabet and monthly themes to guide children through exploration and discovery.

Young Preschool Program curriculum and developmental goals include:

  • Social studies: all about me, the environment, seasons, transportation, health and safety, weather
  • Emotional learning (Kimochis™): identifying, understanding and managing emotions in a fun, comfortable way to establish positive relationships and decision-making skills
  • Social development: interacting with peers and adults, conflict resolution, express feelings
  • Language and listening: language development, letter and sound recognition, phonics
  • Pre-reading and Pre-writing: letters of the alphabet and phonics, name recognition
  • Math: count orally, numbers, shapes, sorting, matching
  • Large and fine motor skills: body awareness, coordination, spatial and directional awareness, music and movement
  • Science: sensory and discovery
  • Art: hands-on process-oriented art using paint, glue, scissors, tissue paper, recycled materials, etc. developing fine motor skills and creativity
  • Music (Kindermusik): a balance of music and movement, percussion instruments, sound and pattern reproduction, lessons are a minimum of one time per week
  • Spanish immersion: vocabulary (numbers, colors and greetings), word and phrase recognition through videos, flash cards, objects and songs, lessons are a minimum of once per week
  • Library visits: respond to storytelling, sequence events in the story, use of illustration in storytelling, create an original story, Kimochis (emotional learning) curriculum is also taught during library time, visits are a minimum of once per week

Preschool Program (2 years 9 months to 4 years)

Children must be potty trained.

This program balances nurturing and caring with a young child’s growing need for structure and independence. Using an accelerated pre-kindergarten-level curriculum, preschool students learn letter recognition, beginning stages of writing, pre­reading skills, concrete math skills, science, and language development are key areas of focus in the preschool program.

Preschool Program curriculum and developmental goals include:

  • Social studies: all about me, the environment, seasons, transportation, health and safety, weather
  • Emotional learning (Kimochis™): identifying, understanding and managing emotions in a fun, comfortable way to establish positive relationships and decision-making skills
  • The Language of Art: in-depth, hands-on exploration of ten core art media while learning about actual artists, lessons are a minimum of once per week
  • Pre-kindergarten-level language and literacy: letter and sound recognition, phonics, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, concepts about print, comprehension, oral language
  • Pre-kindergarten-level readiness and writing: letter and number formation, name recognition, respond to storytelling, crayon grip, drawing , coloring, writing
  • Pre-kindergarten-level numbers and math: numbers and operations, geometry, patterns and algebra, measurement and time, data presentation and probability
  • Science: discovery and experimentation
  • Social studies: safety, the community, American History
  • Art: hands-on process-oriented art using paint, glue, scissors, tissue paper, pom poms, recycled materials, etc. developing fine motor skills and creativity
  • Large and fine motor skills: body awareness, coordination, spatial and directional awareness
  • Social development: interacting with peers, conflict resolution, building self confidence, speaking in front of the class
  • Music (Kindermusik): a balance of music and movement, percussion instruments, sound and pattern reproduction, lessons are a minimum of three times per week
  • Spanish immersion: vocabulary (numbers, colors and greetings), word and phrase recognition through videos, flash cards, objects and songs, lessons are a minimum of twice per week
  • Library visits: respond to storytelling, sequence events in the story, use of illustration in storytelling, create an original story, Kimochis (emotional learning) curriculum is also taught during library time, visits are a minimum of once per week
  • Physical education (PE): perform and enjoy physical activities, understand rules, concepts and strategies, work as a team and as an individual, lessons are a minimum of once per week

Pre-Kindergarten Program (4 years to 5 years)

The Quarry Lane Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to prepare your child for an accelerated academic program. As the courses in the elementary program at Quarry Lane are advanced by a year or more, we want to expose your child to an accelerated curriculum in preparation for these elementary school years. This accelerated curriculum in pre-kindergarten is at a kindergarten level. We have carefully crafted a program that will balance your child’s experience which includes guidance in social awareness and understanding others.

Pre‑Kindergarten Program curriculum and developmental goals include:

  • Monthly themes: all about me, the environment, seasons, transportation, health and safety, weather
  • Emotional learning (Kimochis™): identifying, understanding and managing emotions in a fun, comfortable way to establish positive relationships and decision-making skills
  • STEM: project-based learning with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, lessons are a minimum of once per week
  • The Language of Art: in-depth, hands-on exploration of ten core art media while learning about actual artists, lessons are a minimum of once per week
  • Kindergarten level language arts: letter and sound recognition, phonics, high frequency words and word families
  • Kindergarten level writing: letter and number formation, journal writing, writing words and phrases, sentence structure
  • Kindergarten level math: sorting and classifying, patterns and movement, matching and counting, numbers, geometry and equal parts, money, measurement, time, exploring addition and subtraction
  • Science: our environment, physical principles
  • Social studies: safety, the community, American History
  • Social development: interacting with peers, conflict resolution, building self confidence, speaking in front of the class
  • Art: hands-on process-oriented art using paint, glue, scissors, tissue paper, pom poms, recycled materials, etc. developing fine motor skills and creativity
  • Large and fine motor skills: body awareness, coordination, spatial and directional awareness
  • Music (Kindermusik): a balance of music and movement, percussion instruments, sound and pattern reproduction, lessons are a minimum of twice per week
  • Spanish immersion: vocabulary (numbers, colors and greetings), word and phrase recognition through videos, flash cards, objects and songs, lessons are a minimum of twice per week
  • Computer lab: introduction to computer hardware, use applications that require keyboard and mouse, utilize kindergarten level academic games (reading, math, the world around us, art and colors), lessons are a minimum of once per week
  • Library visits: respond to storytelling, sequence events in the story, use of illustration in storytelling, create an original story, Kimochis (emotional learning) curriculum is also taught during library time, visits are a minimum of once per week
  • Physical education (PE): perform and enjoy physical activities, understand rules, concepts and strategies, work as a team and as an individual, lessons are a minimum of once per week




Specialty Classes

In addition to our academic curriculum, we offer a variety of specialty classes designed to enrich our student's creative, social and emotional development. Specialty classes are embedded into daily class schedules and students attend specialty classes throughout the week.

Spanish

Spanish language instruction is introduced at age 2 and continues through the preschool years to help prepare for the transition into our elementary program. Spanish lessons include vocabulary: colors, counting, animals, food and body parts; as well as greetings and sentence building. Spanish is taught with puppets, songs, flashcards and musical instruments.

Computer Lab

Students also have the opportunity to visit our computer lab throughout the week. During computer lab, students are introduced to computer parts and taught basic computer skills. As students progress, they will learn how to appropriately use technology through safe, interactive lessons.

Library Time

Quarry Lane adopted the Kimochis® Early Childhood Curriculum, a social-emotional learning and character education program, to enhance our student's social and emotional developmental skills. Kimochi (key-mo-chee) means “feeling" in Japanese. Children will learn how to recognize and manage emotions; demonstrate caring and concern for others; establish positive relationships; make responsible decisions; and handle challenging situations constructively. Kimochis is incorporated into our students' library visits.

Music

We believe that music is one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Kindermusik takes musical learning to the next level; our curriculum is proven to improve child brain development.

Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted name in musical learning, cherished by over 2 million families for over 35 years. We are proud to offer ABC Music & Me®, an award-winning teacher implemented weekly curriculum focused on social, emotional, early language and motor skill development for young children.


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