ECC Curriculum.July

flannel board, puppets, interactive communication, labels, and alphabet displays reinforce language development, and provide opportunities for writing and creative expression. Math skills are developed with teachers creating real-life situations and experiences allowing the students to acquire a sense of numbers and problem-solving skills. SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Teachers provide a positive social and emotional climate through modeling and reinforcement of socially acceptable behavior. By setting clear limits, guiding children’s actions, and teaching what is appropriate conduct, children feel safe and learn self-control. Teachers encourage their students to express their emotions in a constructive manner, and to accept and recognize emotions in others. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT The students work on their fine and gross motor skills through activities that serve to develop finger strength and dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and body awareness. Throughout the day, the children have opportunities to build with large blocks, cut with scissors, manipulate small objects, follow body movement directions, and play running and jumping games, among others. JEWISH LEARNING Two-year-olds begin to develop a sense of Jewish identity as Jewish rituals, songs, foods, roleplay, holiday celebrations, and Hebrew language are integrated into the curriculum each day. Through classroom centered activities and weekly religious services, students learn songs and melodies, basic Hebrew words, and holiday study. Focus is placed on refining language abilities that help the three-year-old develop more complex social interactions with others, expand cognitive capacity, and develop a sense of self-control. COGNITIVE/LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Along with building on the skills developed in the previous school year, the nationally acclaimed program Handwriting Without Tears ® is integrated into the three-year-old curriculum. This program introduces school readiness activities for the students at all ability levels. Through music, movement, building, coloring, and multi-sensory activities, children have fun as they develop important language proficiency, color and shape awareness, fine and gross motor control, letter and number recognition, and counting skills. Three-year-olds use Growing With Numbers and Math Their Way to provide hands-on learning activities to build the student’s understanding of mathematical concepts. SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Teachers continue to create a positive social and emotional climate throughmodeling and reinforcement of socially acceptable behavior. By setting clear limits, guiding children’s actions, and teaching what THREE-YEAR-OLDS OVERVIEW OF GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS


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