The Country Lane curriculum integrates the latest early childhood and brain-based research, creating a unique curriculum to stimulate learning in the areas of academic, cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. It blends child-initiated activities with a teacher-directed curriculum to encourage children’s imagination, natural curiosity, and self-esteem in order for children to develop to their fullest potential. The focus on the growth of the total child emphasizes a solid core of academic instruction (pre-literacy skills, pre-math skills, and social studies) while encouraging social skills and emotional development. In addition, unique to the Country Lane curriculum, is the integration of multisensory learning and a comprehensive dance and performing arts program to stimulate children’s cognitive development and motor skills.
Our curriculum incorporates teacher-lead discussion topics and child-initiated learning activities throughout the classroom. The curriculum is theme-based focusing on topics that are in the child’s everyday environment such as holidays, seasons, community members etc. All activities are designed with a goal or object in purpose to promote the student’s growth in one of the core areas of development.
Each classroom is set up to encourage learning through exploration including Housekeeping and Dramatic Play, Community Play, Blocks, Transportation, Manipulatives and Puzzles, Sensory Play, Reading, Science, and Math. Learning is multi-sensory. Concepts are taught in conjunction with movement incorporating gross motor movements such as dance and fine motor such as sign language, the send of smell the through objects such as scented playdough, the sense of touch such as the use of playdough and Handwriting Without Tears, and sense of taste such as food exploration.
How are Assessments Used?
Assessments are shared with parents mid-way through the year and at the end of the year. Assessments for parents are tools to help understand what developmental milestones and skills that children their age are starting to master, and which ones their child is working on. This way, parents know what skills the teachers will be working on boosting at school, and can help their child work on at home too. Teachers use the assessments to know specifically which skills children have mastered or are still working on. This allows teachers to individually tailor the child’s learning experience to help them achieve their own personal growth potential.
Each lesson plan activity is designed to be observed by the teacher to identify skills to work on in the classroom, therefore providing an evaluation for the skills assessed by the activity. Every classroom activity and center in the classroom has a goal or objective. Classroom centers are labeled to help parents and teachers identify some of the goals that the centers target. Each center activity is observed by the teacher to identify skills to work on in the classroom, therefore providing an evaluation for the skills of the activity.
Formal assessments of children’s abilities are conducted three times per year. Parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) at the onset of the school year to let teachers know what skills they are seeing their little ones do at home. Teachers complete classroom assessments of skills that children are working on mastering according to their age.
Areas of Assessment:
Pre-literacy and Writing Skills
Social and Emotional Development
Social Awareness and Science
Dance and Performing Arts
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