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.