Curriculum

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  • Our Developmentally Appropriate Preschool Program is designed for children between Birth and VPK(5) The curriculum meets the “Florida Birth to Three Learning and Developmental Standards” and “Florida School Readiness Performance Standards” for preschoolers. These standards are the precursors for  the Florida Standards used in Duval County Public Schools.
  • Individualized Education- Our curriculum is adapted for children who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Teachers recognize that children’s different background and experiences mean they do not learn in the same way or time.
  • Developmentally Appropriate- Children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children. They are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time.   
  • “Hands on” Creative Curriculum- is our school wide core curriculum Birth to VPK as it becomes progressively more structured and is age appropriate for each age. The creative lessons prepared by our trained teachers are channeled through fun in centers designed in each class. Our nurturing environment encompassing a full spectrum of learning centers with weekly themes that coincide with the calendar happenings and general themes, such as modes of transportation, the five senses, etc.  Children have access to various activities throughout the day; assorted building and construction materials, props for pretend play, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as matching games and puzzles. Our ‘hands-on” activities are specifically designed to involve a variety of learning experiences providing an overall positive attitude towards learning and school. Children work on projects and have long periods of time to play and explore. They have an opportunity to play outside every day. Works by the children, posted around the classroom, provide evidence of learning and encouragement to continue learning. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day.
  • The Foundations for Success Toddler Model is the supplemental curriculum we use in our “Infant and Toddler” programs. It focuses on four foundational areas necessary for supporting infant and toddler development: relationships, movement, language and senses / perceptions.
  •  ELLM Literacy Curriculum is the supplemental curriculum we use in our JrVPK and VPK classrooms- Includes a new book each week in which the children use to study the following areas: Reading Aloud and Emergent Comprehension, Letter and Sound Knowledge, Phonological Awareness and Phonics Connections, Emergent Writing, Print Concepts and Oral Language (Listening, Vocabulary, and Concept Development). The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences, as in counting out snacks and learning how to spell out his/her name. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time. Literacy is present and used within each classroom center. 
  • Special Events throughout the year for all classes and families and field trips for Preschool classes.
  • Continuous Communication with parents via daily reports, monthly newsletters and year round conferences to bridge the gap between school and home learning experiences.
  • Nutritious Hot Meals- Through family style dining, children learn healthy eating habits and mealtime etiquette. Carefully selected foods provide daily nutrition for the children at breakfast, lunch, and snack time. New Dimensions serves fresh fruit daily, only fresh or frozen vegetables, and a more nutritious variety of child friendly main entrees.

Enrichment Programs

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Dance 

Classes begin the first week of September and run through the end of May. Registration is open all year EXCEPT from February 1st until June 1st, due to recital conflicts.   Classes consist of one-hour dance instruction weekly; with both TAP and BALLET classes plus age-appropriate HIP HOP mixed in each week.   Your dancer must be three to six years of age and potty trained to participate in our program.  Remember that our dance instructors are there to instruct your little dancer, please direct any questions to Melissa Baker. Dancers need both tap and ballet shoes.   Your dancer is to wear comfortable dance attire or gym type clothing on dance day to allow for maximum mobility (no dresses).   **Your dancers name is to be written on each of their items.**  To allow more dance time, we do NOT allow tights in dance class – unless your dancer arrives to school in tights (socks can be included to wear with their tap shoes).   A small portion of dance class time is used to dress for class.  By wearing less items on dance day, enables your child to receive more dance time and less changing of the clothes time.  Dance items should be in a separate bag from their school backpack. Our recital usually takes place the first Saturday of June. Each dance class will prepare for and participate in a FULL-scale recital that will end the dance season.  Your dancers class will participate in either a ballet OR a tap routine, not both.  Each performance is determined upon the previous year and rotates each year.  Participation is optional.  Monthly tuition is due by the 5th of each month and made directly to LDS via our website.  DO NOT SEND DANCE TUITION TO YOUR PRESCHOOL!

 Soccer Shots 

Review the website at northflorida.ssreg.org -or click this REGISTER link to register. Wednesday 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM at NDLC, Soccer Shots Classic utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation. - Stronger Youth, Beyond the Game- Mission: Our mission is to be the premier intro-to-soccer provider across the globe and to do so in such a way that it leaves a lasting impact on the youth we serve. Method: We offer a quality, high-energy soccer program with principled instruction wrapped in fun. Our creative curriculum emphasizes soccer skills as well as character development, which transcends the game itself. Motivation: Our motivation is to impact children in both soccer education and character development with application to all areas of children's lives. We are motivated by a desire to see kids experience the game of soccer and to enjoy the rewards that participation in the game offers.

Engineering for Kids

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! What is STEM? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is something that is critically lacking in our nations public school systems. In a globally competitive economy, employers of all shapes and sizes are increasingly seeking workers skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math. Supply is low and demand is high. There is a mismatch between projected future jobs requiring STEM skills and the projected supply of qualified workers to fill them. Engineering For Kids seeks to be a major part of the solution to this problem by fostering these skills in young children.