Curriculum

 

At Bedford Village Morning School your child's needs determine the curriculum. In the first few weeks of school the teacher gets to know your child. He / She assesses his/her strengths and weaknesses. He / She identifies each child's skills (what he/she can and cannot do in all areas of his/her development). We use several developmental checklists to help us do this, along with the information we have gathered from the children who have attended BVMS over the last 30 some years.

It is important to note that in the Preschool curriculum skills are introduced, and reintroduced, giving many opportunities for exposure; and then, when the time is right, mastered. Skills are NEVER TAUGHT WITH PRESSURE, always with fun, gently, caring techniques. This allows each child to learn at his/her own speed, in his/her own way, enjoying each step in the process.

The foundation for each part of our curriculum is PROCESS not PRODUCT. Habits, skills and attitudes come first in the learning cycle. The goal is to build the learning house out of bricks. Only when a child learns process first does the product have meaning. We use humor, energy, enthusiasm and skill to help children LEARN TO LOVE LEARNING, the ultimate goal for all students. If you wish to see the specific skills taught in the Upper Preschool, please consult your hard copy of the BVMS Parent Handbook.

Our Upper Preschool children are ready for more: Their attention span is longer, their interest is heightened and as long as it is taught with lots of movement and little "come, sit stay" they are all set to learn:

Handwriting without Tears/ P. Mooney are continued with more advanced skills being taught. Zoo Phonics is introduced to the children. This program is awesome! The children will learn all the sounds through music, signals and practice.



Philosophy of Discipline

 

Scheduling is done in large blocks of time. The basic schedule is structured, yet within that structure there is a flexibility that allows a teacher the opportunity to "fit the curriculum to the child" not "the child to the curriculum". During Free Play, the children may move from room to room and enjoy their school family. The schedule is similar to the schedule below. All of the activities are planned to meet the needs of the individual as well as the group. At BVMS, all of our teachers are responsible for all of our children. We are your child's family away from home.

Arrival: 8:15 a.m.
Free Play: Children go to the interest center of their choice. Blocks, Housekeeping, Art, Sand Tables, Easel etc. etc.
Circle Time: Children participate in songs, finger plays, exercises and games. They learn to listen and share with each other. Life Skills are introduced and practiced. Zoo Phonics becomes a part of Circle Time.
Work Jobs: Children explore activities and interest areas in the room. Teachers work with individuals or small groups.
Language Development/P. Mooney/Creative Movement:
  P. Mooney continues to help the children learn about language. Children continue to strengthen their large muscles and coordinate actions while becoming aware of their bodies.
Snack: Children try new foods, learn to serve each other, carry on conversations with their friends.
Books & Puzzles: Children read books and play with puzzles while resting. Stories are read or told to the class.
Outdoor Play: Self-initiated games and activities are encouraged.
Life Skills Program: Incorporated throughout the day!
Dismissal: 11:15 a.m.

Times are subject to change!


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