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2017-2018

Enrichment Programs Associated with Materials & Activity Fee

INFANT and TODDLER

SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNING Morena Panozo will provide Spanish Language active and participatory lessons and learning for all children enrolled in the FBCC CDC, including our Infant, Toddler, Young Preschool, Middle Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs following a curricular format she has designed for and implemented internationally with young children. Morena came to the United States more than 20 years ago from her native El Salvador and has offered young children active and participatory opportunities to learn and use her native Spanish language in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including ST Ann’s, ST Cecilia’s and ST Charles, where she served since 2012. Materials fees will supplement the cost of materials needed to support this innovative learning language learning opportunity.

MUSIC Music is a universal language. It transcends boundaries and reaches beyond culture to touch the depths of our souls, express our common emotions, and inspire us all. Further, song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language. Recognizing these important facts as consistent with the goals and objectives of other curricular programing the FBCC CDC is delighted to announce Morena will provide active and participatory lessons with children enrolled in the Infant and Toddler Programs, which express and explore our basic human instinct for making music. Morena Panozo, trained as a Music Teacher in her native El Salvador is an accomplished musician, as a guitarist and vocalist.

 

YOUNG PRESCHOOL

ALL HANDS ON TWO EYES FOR ART FINE ARTS “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso. Through active and participatory lessons and learning, providing process opportunities to discover the nature and properties of various art media, engage in the mystery of combining and transforming materials and acting on their own sense of wonder, curiosity and awe in the joy of exploration, our intention is to provide your child an appreciation of art from which they will draw throughout their lives creating, de-creating and recreating engaged in the process of Art. Materials fees will off-set the cost of the many and varies high-quality materials associated with this program.

SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNING Morena Panozo will provide Spanish Language active and participatory lessons and learning for children enrolled in our Young Preschool, Middle Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs following a curricular format she has designed for and implemented internationally with young children. Morena came to the United States more than 20 years ago from her native El Salvador and has offered young children active and participatory opportunities to learn and use her native Spanish language in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including ST Ann’s, ST Cecilia’s and ST Charles, where she served since 2012. Materials fees will supplement the cost of materials needed to support this innovative learning language learning opportunity.

CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING Connie Shang grew up and went to college in Beijing, China before making the United States her home more than 15 years ago. Connie will orchestrate play-based Chinese vocabulary learning with children in the Young and Middle Preschool program as well as Chinese Language active learning classes for the FBCC CDC’s Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten children.  Prior to joining the FBCC CDC Faculty Family in April 2013, Connie taught Chinese in various settings including a Montessori school in Maryland, Fairfax County Public Schools, local Chinese Schools, private Chinese lessons and private language company. Connie has served the children their families and her colleagues with distinction since joining the FBCC CDC Faculty Family in 2013. Costs for materials associated with this program will be defrayed using the materials fee.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Because early childhood is the best period of human growth and development for the acquisition of fundamental movement skills, the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC, a council within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that physical education be offered to children enrolled in preschool programs. Beginning in October, at no additional cost to parents, FBCC CDC is proud to offer physical education classes designed and developed by the FBCC CDC’s Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Emanuel, affectionately know to many children as ‘Mr. E’.  Classes will support the sense of self, social relations, approaches to learning, physical development, health and well-being, and, of course, movement key developmental indicators through cooperative games, skill acquisition and development, sport specific skill acquisition, development and mastery, units on wellness, daily disciplines, healthy habits and FUN!

Brain Gym® Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, activities which recall the movements naturally performed during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities addressing concentration and focus, memory, academics content reading, writing, math, test taking, physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills and attitude. Brain Gym® movements and principles are integrated into the Physical Education Program and the implementation of the movements and principles, in an appropriate manner is encouraged in each School Family setting.

YOGAFIT® Yoga means union or to unify and to direct one’s attention. The practice of yoga teaches children to use their attention to join their breath, their bodies and their minds, increasing their strength and energy, enhancing their health helping them think more clearly and make better choices. When practicing yoga, young children breathe, move, focus and visualize, honing skills and abilities that contribute well to their growth and development, playing a role in their school and life readiness and preparedness.  YogaFit® classes are integrated into the Physical Education Program.

MUSIC Music is a way of knowing. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (1983), music intelligence is equal in importance to logical – mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily – kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. According to Thomas Armstrong (1994,5), “Intelligence is galvanized by participation in some kind of culturally valued activity and that the individual’s growth in such an activity follows a developmental pattern; each activity has its own time arising in early childhood.” Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking. Peery and Peery (1987) suggest that it is desirable for children to be exposed to, trained in, and enculturated with music for its own sake. That is, it is a birthright for all people to be able to sing in tune and march to a beat (Levinowitz and Guilmartin, 1989, 1992, 1996). To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, music must be included in early childhood. Music is offered twice a month by Ms. Josie because practically speaking, the argument that music education is a frill has no objective support.

LIBRARY One of the biggest milestones in our children’s life is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research this until you are blue in the face, but the answer is really very simple. You’ve already started, because from the moment your child is born, you are teaching them. We talk to our babies. We read to them. We sing to them. We recite silly little verses while we change their diapers or put them in their car seat. We hug and cuddle our children. We play with them. We laugh with them. We read to them. In this way we are teaching children to read. Gwen Robertson. FBCC CDC’s Literacy Specialist will offer ‘Book Nook’ and ‘Reading Circles Rolling Library’ program to all children enrolled in FBCC CDC at no additional cost to parents.

 

MIDDLE PRESCHOOL

SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNING Morena Panozo will provide Spanish Language active and participatory lessons and learning for children enrolled in our Young Preschool, Middle Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs following a curricular format she has designed for and implemented internationally with young children. Morena came to the United States more than 20 years ago from her native El Salvador and has offered young children active and participatory opportunities to learn and use her native Spanish language in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including ST Ann’s, ST Cecilia’s and ST Charles, where she served since 2012. Materials fees will supplement the cost of materials needed to support this innovative learning language learning opportunity.

CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING Ms. Connie who grew up and went to college in Beijing, China before making the United States her home 15 years ago will orchestrate play-based Chinese vocabulary learning with children in the Young and Middle Preschool program as well as Chinese Language active learning classes for the CDC’s Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten children.  Prior to joining the CDC Faculty Family in April 2013, Connie taught Chinese in various settings including a Montessori school in Maryland, Fairfax County Public Schools, local Chinese Schools, private Chinese lessons and private language company.  Costs associated with this program will be defrayed by the materials fee.

FINE ARTS “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Through active and participatory lessons and learning, providing process opportunities to discover the nature and properties of various art media, engage in the mystery of combining and transforming materials and acting on their own sense of wonder, curiosity and awe in the joy of exploration, our intention is to provide your child an appreciation of art from which they will draw throughout their lives creating, de-creating and recreating engaged in the process of Art. Materials fees will off-set the cost of the many and varies high-quality materials associated with this program.

The Early Literacy Skills Assessment  The Early Literacy Skills Assessment, ELSA is an authentic assessment in the form of a children’s storybook. The Early Literacy Skills Assessment measures progress in all early childhood programs — including, but not limited to, those using the High/Scope educational approach. The assessment meets the psychometric standards of demonstrated reliability and validity. Costs associated with this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program offered to children enrolled in the Middle Preschool program are off-set by the materials fee.

GROWING READERS The Growing Readers small-group activities engage young children in four key areas of early literacy learning: comprehension, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, and concepts about print. The program focuses on these four aspects of early literacy because of the strong evidence that young children’s knowledge of these concepts is a solid predictor of their reading achievement in later years. The Growing Readers program is designed for implementation in all early childhood programs, including and not limited to those using the High/Scope educational approach. The Growing Readers program is structured around three basic components:

  • Small-group literacy activities at three levels of development
  • New and classic children’s books
  • Common classroom materials

Together, these three components provide the tools for systematically and specifically supporting the growth of language and literacy. Costs associated with the initial purchase and maintenance of materials used in this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program offered to children enrolled in the Middle Preschool program are off-set by the materials fee.

HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS (adapted) Children who have mastered handwriting are better, more creative writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school, and write with speed and ease in all subjects. By playing, singing, and building letters, children develop the important skills they need to write in a variety of ways. Costs associated with materials needed to provide this research-based program in a manner that is adapted and modified to insure its brain-compatibility and developmental appropriateness in practice and expectation for Middle Preschool aged children will be off-set by the materials fee.

Numbers Plus The Numbers Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum, on which the ‘Miniature Mathematicians’ program is based is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for small- and large-group early childhood mathematics activities, with ideas for extending learning throughout the program day. What’s special about Numbers Plus is that children’s mathematical learning is sequenced within activities — each activity has a built-in progression so children of different developmental and ability levels can participate together and have a positive and meaningful learning experience. By actively engaging young children with materials and ideas, Numbers Plus builds on the latest knowledge from research and practice about early mathematics learning and how adults support it.

Aligned with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and developed under a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, the activities in Numbers Plus are divided into five content areas:

  • Number Sense and Operations
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Data Analysis

The Numbers Plus program can be integrated in all early childhood programs, including and not limited to those using the High/Scope educational approach.

Costs associated with the initial purchase and maintenance of materials used in this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program offered to children enrolled in the Middle Preschool School Families are off-set by the materials fee.

MANNERS for 3, 4 and 5 YEAR OLD CHILDREN Recognizing that every child is capable of age-appropriate manners, which like all other learning content must be taught, the FBCC CDC will introduce an Internationally recognized curriculum designed and developed by the American School of Protocol, providing instruction in etiquette.  Consistency and positive behavioral management, developing social skills, building self esteem and self assurance, respect for others, following guidelines and routines, motor skills development and writing skills, to mention a few will be taught through planned and prepare active and participatory lessons.  The costs associated with this program will be off-set with the materials fee.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Because early childhood is the best period of human growth and development for the acquisition of fundamental movement skills, the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC, a council within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that physical education be offered to children enrolled in preschool programs. Beginning in October, at no additional cost to parents, FBCC CDC is proud to offer physical education classes designed and developed by the FBCC CDC’s Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Emanuel, affectionately know to many children as ‘Mr. E’.  Classes will support the sense of self, social relations, approaches to learning, physical development, health and well-being, and, of course, movement key developmental indicators through cooperative games, skill acquisition and development, sport specific skill acquisition, development and mastery, units on wellness, daily disciplines, healthy habits and FUN!

Brain Gym® Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, activities which recall the movements naturally performed during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities addressing concentration and focus, memory, academics content reading, writing, math, test taking, physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills and attitude. Brain Gym® movements and principles are integrated into the Physical Education Program and the implementation of the movements and principles, in an appropriate manner is encouraged in each School Family setting.

YOGAFIT® Yoga means union or to unify and to direct one’s attention. The practice of yoga teaches children to use their attention to join their breath, their bodies and their minds, increasing their strength and energy, enhancing their health helping them think more clearly and make better choices. When practicing yoga, young children breathe, move, focus and visualize, honing skills and abilities that contribute well to their growth and development, playing a role in their school and life readiness and preparedness.  YogaFit® classes are integrated into the Physical Education Program.

ZUMBA® for KIDS In addition to being a fun and healthy exercise option for adults, there are many benefits of Zumba® for kids. These include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, helping children develop healthy friendships and encouraging children explore the world of dance and fitness. Zumba® is a fusion of Latin dance with aerobic exercise. Kids can enjoy the different motions that Zumba® instructors lead them through and generally learn the routines fairly quickly. Children usually enjoying dancing and moving their bodies in different ways, have a great deal of energy and like to express their personalities. Zumba® for children encourages children to incorporate exercise into their daily life and this promotes strong bodies and weight management. In addition to the healthful benefits of Zumba®, a dance workout can promote better body coordination as Zumba® encourages children to move around in controlled motions like leg kicks, arm reaches, and hip sways contributing to better coordination and increased confident with their bodies.

MUSIC Music is a way of knowing. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (1983), music intelligence is equal in importance to logical – mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily – kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. According to Thomas Armstrong (1994,5), “Intelligence is galvanized by participation in some kind of culturally valued activity and that the individual’s growth in such an activity follows a developmental pattern; each activity has its own time arising in early childhood.” Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking. Peery and Peery (1987) suggest that it is desirable for children to be exposed to, trained in, and enculturated with music for its own sake. That is, it is a birthright for all people to be able to sing in tune and march to a beat (Levinowitz and Guilmartin, 1989, 1992, 1996). To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, music must be included in early childhood. Music is offered twice a month by Ms. Josie because practically speaking, the argument that music education is a frill has no objective support.

 LIBRARY One of the biggest milestones in our children’s life is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research this until you are blue in the face, but the answer is really very simple. You’ve already started, because from the moment your child is born, you are teaching them. We talk to our babies. We read to them. We sing to them. We recite silly little verses while we change their diapers or put them in their car seat. We hug and cuddle our children. We play with them. We laugh with them. We read to them. In this way we are teaching children to read. Gwen Robertson. FBCC CDC’s Literacy Specialist will offer  ‘Book Nook’ and ‘Reading Circles Rolling Library’ program to all children enrolled in FBCC CDC at no additional cost to parents.

MONTESSORI

SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNING Morena Panozo will provide Spanish Language active and participatory lessons and learning for children enrolled in our Young Preschool, Middle Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs following a curricular format she has designed for and implemented internationally with young children. Morena came to the United States more than 20 years ago from her native El Salvador and has offered young children active and participatory opportunities to learn and use her native Spanish language in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including ST Ann’s, ST Cecilia’s and ST Charles, where she served since 2012. Materials fees will supplement the cost of materials needed to support this innovative learning language learning opportunity.

CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING Ms. Connie who grew up and went to college in Beijing, China before making the United States her home 15 years ago will orchestrate play-based Chinese vocabulary learning with children in the Young and Middle Preschool program as well as Chinese Language active learning classes for the CDC’s Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten children.  Prior to joining the CDC Faculty Family in April 2013, Connie taught Chinese in various settings including a Montessori school in Maryland, Fairfax County Public Schools, local Chinese Schools, private Chinese lessons and private language company. All costs associated with this program will be defrayed by the materials fee.

FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING In Montessori School Families, consistent with traditional Montessori care and learning settings, French Language Learning will be offered in a format that is active and participatory.  Costs associated with this program will be defrayed by the materials fee.

FINE ARTS “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Through active and participatory lessons and learning, providing process opportunities to discover the nature and properties of various art media, engage in the mystery of combining and transforming materials and acting on their own sense of wonder, curiosity and awe in the joy of exploration, our intention is to provide your child an appreciation of art from which they will draw throughout their lives creating, de-creating and recreating engaged in the process of Art. Materials fees will off-set the cost of the many and varies high-quality materials associated with this program.

FIBER and TEXTILE ARTS Fiber Arts felting, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, quilting, paper making, weaving and several others will be offered in Montessori School Families. Materials fees will supplement the cost of this innovative learning opportunity.

MANNERS for 3, 4 and 5 YEAR OLD CHILDREN Recognizing that every child is capable of age-appropriate manners, which like all other learning content must be taught, the FBCC CDC will introduce an Internationally recognized curriculum designed and developed by the American School of Protocol, providing instruction in etiquette.  Consistency and positive behavioral management, developing social skills, building self esteem and self assurance, respect for others, following guidelines and routines, motor skills development and writing skills, to mention a few will be taught through planned and prepare active and participatory lessons.  The costs associated with this program will be off-set with the materials fee.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Because early childhood is the best period of human growth and development for the acquisition of fundamental movement skills, the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC, a council within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that physical education be offered to children enrolled in preschool programs. Beginning in October, at no additional cost to parents, FBCC CDC is proud to offer physical education classes designed and developed by the FBCC CDC’s Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Emanuel, affectionately know to many children as ‘Mr. E’.  Classes will support the sense of self, social relations, approaches to learning, physical development, health and well-being, and, of course, movement key developmental indicators through cooperative games, skill acquisition and development, sport specific skill acquisition, development and mastery, units on wellness, daily disciplines, healthy habits and FUN!

Brain Gym® Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, activities which recall the movements naturally performed during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities addressing concentration and focus, memory, academics content reading, writing, math, test taking, physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills and attitude. Brain Gym® movements and principles are integrated into the Physical Education Program and the implementation of the movements and principles, in an appropriate manner is encouraged in each School Family setting.

YOGAFIT® Yoga means union or to unify and to direct one’s attention. The practice of yoga teaches children to use their attention to join their breath, their bodies and their minds, increasing their strength and energy, enhancing their health helping them think more clearly and make better choices. When practicing yoga, young children breathe, move, focus and visualize, honing skills and abilities that contribute well to their growth and development, playing a role in their school and life readiness and preparedness.  YogaFit® classes are integrated into the Physical Education Program.

ZUMBA® for KIDS In addition to being a fun and healthy exercise option for adults, there are many benefits of Zumba® for kids. These include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, helping children develop healthy friendships and encouraging children explore the world of dance and fitness.

Zumba® is a fusion of Latin dance with aerobic exercise. Kids can enjoy the different motions that Zumba® instructors lead them through and generally learn the routines fairly quickly. Children usually enjoying dancing and moving their bodies in different ways, have a great deal of energy and like to express their personalities. Zumba® for children encourages children to incorporate exercise into their daily life and this promotes strong bodies and weight management.

In addition to the healthful benefits of Zumba®, a dance workout can promote better body coordination as Zumba® encourages children to move around in controlled motions like leg kicks, arm reaches, and hip sways contributing to better coordination and increased confident with their bodies.

MUSIC Music is a way of knowing. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (1983), music intelligence is equal in importance to logical – mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily – kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. According to Thomas Armstrong (1994,5), “Intelligence is galvanized by participation in some kind of culturally valued activity and that the individual’s growth in such an activity follows a developmental pattern; each activity has its own time arising in early childhood.” Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking. Peery and Peery (1987) suggest that it is desirable for children to be exposed to, trained in, and enculturated with music for its own sake. That is, it is a birthright for all people to be able to sing in tune and march to a beat (Levinowitz and Guilmartin, 1989, 1992, 1996). To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, music must be included in early childhood. Music is offered twice a month by Ms. Josie because practically speaking, the argument that music education is a frill has no objective support.

 LIBRARY One of the biggest milestones in our children’s life is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research this until you are blue in the face, but the answer is really very simple. You’ve already started, because from the moment your child is born, you are teaching them. We talk to our babies. We read to them. We sing to them. We recite silly little verses while we change their diapers or put them in their car seat. We hug and cuddle our children. We play with them. We laugh with them. We read to them. In this way we are teaching children to read. Gwen Robertson. FBCC CDC’s Literacy Specialist will offer  ‘Book Nook’ and ‘Reading Circles Rolling Library’ program to all children enrolled in FBCC CDC at no additional cost to parents.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN and JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

The Early Literacy Skills Assessment The Early Literacy Skills Assessment, ELSA is an authentic assessment in the form of a children’s storybook. The Early Literacy Skills Assessment measures progress in all early childhood programs — including, but not limited to, those using the High/Scope educational approach. The assessment meets the psychometric standards of demonstrated reliability and validity. Costs associated with this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program are off-set by the materials fee.

Growing Readers The Growing Readers small-group activities engage young children in four key areas of early literacy learning: comprehension, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, and concepts about print. The program focuses on these four aspects of early literacy because of the strong evidence that young children’s knowledge of these concepts is a solid predictor of their reading achievement in later years. The Growing Readers program is designed for implementation in all early childhood programs, including and not limited to those using the High/Scope educational approach. The Growing Readers program is structured around three basic components:

Small-group literacy activities at three levels of development

New and classic children’s books

Common classroom materials

Together, these three components provide the tools for systematically and specifically supporting the growth of language and literacy. Costs associated with the initial purchase and maintenance of materials used in this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program are off-set by the materials fee.

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, PALS, is a scientifically based Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten assessment that measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures name writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness and nursery rhyme awareness.

HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS (adapted) Children who have mastered handwriting are better, more creative writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school, and write with speed and ease in all subjects.By playing, singing, and building letters, children develop the important skills they need to write in a variety of ways. Costs associated with materials needed to provide this research-based program in a manner that is adapted and modified to insure its brain-compatibility and developmental appropriateness in practice and expectation for children enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs.

The Print Tool The Print Tool® is a one-on-one assessment used to plan appropriate language and literacy print practice individual, small group and large group active and participatory lessons and workshops.

Modern Curriculum Press’ Plaid Phonics Recognizing that learning to read is a complex process, the FBCC CDC offers Modern Curriculum Press’ Plaid Phonics program that with engaging stories and appealing graphics enriches the implementation of High/Scope’s language, literacy and communication key developmental indicators.
When it comes to teaching the 5 components of reading of which phonics is one, every teacher has his or her own teaching style. Modern Curriculum Press Phonics understands this and consistent with the High/Scope framework, presents teachers with the flexible tools needed to orchestrate phonics instruction with the children’s learning style.
Modern Curriculum Press Plaid Phonics incorporates the most current research-based instruction for phonemic awareness and phonics in today’s classrooms. Its proven scope and sequence, along with the abundance of practice, review, and application of skills, ensures comprehensive coverage and supports best practices in phonics instruction. The Modern Curriculum Press Purple Plaid Phonics program offered to children enrolled in the Junior Kindergarten Program will include a library of books, bringing together carefully chosen fiction and non-fiction titles specifically designed to offer children numerous opportunities to apply the phonics concept to real reading activities to develop and enhance the introduced concept.

SCIENCE WONDERS Young children are naturally curious. The desire to question, hypothesize, explore, and investigate is part of their very being. This inherent sense of inquiry provides the foundation for science with inquisitive and curious young children. Exploration and inquiry come naturally to children. The Science Wonders Program builds on children’s questions, eagerness, and enthusiasm to help them learn science, fostering scientific knowledge by thoughtfully planning and preparing concept and skill based lessons that introduce a scientific vocabulary during engaging activities providing many opportunities for children to problem solve and investigate. The costs associated with this program provided for children enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten Programs is defrayed by the materials fee.

NUMBERS PLUS The Numbers Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum, on which the ‘Miniature Mathematicians’ program is based is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for small- and large-group early childhood mathematics activities, with ideas for extending learning throughout the program day. What’s special about Numbers Plus is that children’s mathematical learning is sequenced within activities — each activity has a built-in progression so children of different developmental and ability levels can participate together and have a positive and meaningful learning experience. By actively engaging young children with materials and ideas, Numbers Plus builds on the latest knowledge from research and practice about early mathematics learning and how adults support it.Aligned with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and developed under a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, the activities in Numbers Plus are divided into five content areas:

Number Sense and Operations

Geometry

Measurement

Algebra

Data Analysis

The Numbers Plus program can be integrated in all early childhood programs, including and not limited to those using the High/Scope educational approach. Costs associated with the initial purchase and maintenance of materials used in this brain-compatible and developmentally appropriate program are off-set by the materials fee.

Scott Foresman–Addison Wesley Mathematics and MCP Mathematics Scott Foresman–Addison Wesley Mathematics and MCP Mathematics are core curriculum for children at all ability levels in Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten, used in orchestration with the number words and symbols, counting, part-whole relationships, shapes, spatial awareness, measuring, unit, patterns and data analysis Mathematics Key Developmental Indicators of the High/Scope Educational Approach with its use of questioning strategies, problem-solving skills, embedded assessment, and exercises. It provides explicit problem-solving instruction, hands-on activities, and opportunities to extend students’ mathematical understanding through reading and writing connections. According to its developer, Scott Foresman–Addison Wesley Elementary Mathematics is aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards for the elementary grades.

SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNING Morena Panozo will provide Spanish Language active and participatory lessons and learning for children enrolled in our Young Preschool, Middle Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten programs following a curricular format she has designed for and implemented internationally with young children. Morena came to the United States more than 20 years ago from her native El Salvador and has offered young children active and participatory opportunities to learn and use her native Spanish language in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including ST Ann’s, ST Cecilia’s and ST Charles, where she served since 2012. Materials fees will supplement the cost of materials needed to support this innovative learning language learning opportunity.

CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING Connie Shang who grew up and went to college in Beijing, China before making the United States her home 15 years ago will orchestrate play-based Chinese vocabulary learning with children in the Young and Middle Preschool program as well as Chinese Language active learning classes for the CDC’s Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten children.  Prior to joining the CDC Faculty Family in April 2013, Connie taught Chinese in various settings including a Montessori school in Maryland, Fairfax County Public Schools, local Chinese Schools, private Chinese lessons and private language company. Costs associated with this program will be defrayed by the materials fee.

FINE ARTS “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Through active and participatory lessons and learning, providing process opportunities to discover the nature and properties of various art media, engage in the mystery of combining and transforming materials and acting on their own sense of wonder, curiosity and awe in the joy of exploration, our intention is to provide your child an appreciation of art from which they will draw throughout their lives creating, de-creating and recreating engaged in the process of Art. Materials fees will off-set the cost of the many and varies high-quality materials associated with this program.

DRAMATIC and THEATRE ARTS Dramatic Arts education is an important means of stimulating creativity in problem solving. Dramatic exploration can provide young children with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express, even if, only for a few moments. At the center of all Drama is communication and like all the Arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways preparing children to live and work in a world that is increasingly team-oriented rather than hierarchical. Children enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten Programs participate in this program whose costs are off-set by the materials fee.

MANNERS for 3, 4 and 5 YEAR OLD CHILDREN Recognizing that every child is capable of age-appropriate manners, which like all other learning content must be taught, the FBCC CDC will introduce an Internationally recognized curriculum designed and developed by the American School of Protocol, providing instruction in etiquette.  Consistency and positive behavioral management, developing social skills, building self esteem and self assurance, respect for others, following guidelines and routines, motor skills development and writing skills, to mention a few will be taught through planned and prepare active and participatory lessons.  The costs associated with this program will be off-set with the materials fee.

YOUNG ENGINEERS The FBCC CDC is planning to introduce a unique ‘edutainment’ program, which teaches basic scientific principles and complex subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Machinery and Software Engineering through the use of games with a focus on future generations of engineers and scientists.Consistent with the Constructivist theories, philosophies and practices embraced and implemented by the FBCC CDC, the program selected will be based on the following beliefs:

  • That the best way to educate children is through active and participatory learning that help children learn about themselves and the world around the.
  • That curiosity is the primary motive for learning and that settings in which teachers dominate 85% of the time not only do not stimulate interest and curiosity, rather significantly decrease it.
  • That concepts are best absorbed by children when lessons are planned and prepared by adults who know how to engage children in appropriate materials and offer conversational support their exploration and use of materials.

Statistical tests show clear connections between participation in Young Engineers-type programs, which supports the goals and objectives of the FBCC CDC to lay the foundation for a love of lifelong learning; the costs of the program selected will be off-set by the materials fee.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Because early childhood is the best period of human growth and development for the acquisition of fundamental movement skills, the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC, a council within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that physical education be offered to children enrolled in preschool programs. Beginning in October, at no additional cost to parents, FBCC CDC is proud to offer physical education classes designed and developed by the FBCC CDC’s Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Emanuel, affectionately know to many children as ‘Mr. E’.  Classes will support the sense of self, social relations, approaches to learning, physical development, health and well-being, and, of course, movement key developmental indicators through cooperative games, skill acquisition and development, sport specific skill acquisition, development and mastery, units on wellness, daily disciplines, healthy habits and FUN!

Brain Gym® Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, activities which recall the movements naturally performed during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities addressing concentration and focus, memory, academics content reading, writing, math, test taking, physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills and attitude. Brain Gym® movements and principles are integrated into the Physical Education Program and the implementation of the movements and principles, in an appropriate manner is encouraged in each School Family setting.

YOGAFIT® Yoga means union or to unify and to direct one’s attention. The practice of yoga teaches children to use their attention to join their breath, their bodies and their minds, increasing their strength and energy, enhancing their health helping them think more clearly and make better choices. When practicing yoga, young children breathe, move, focus and visualize, honing skills and abilities that contribute well to their growth and development, playing a role in their school and life readiness and preparedness.  YogaFit® classes are integrated into the Physical Education Program.

ZUMBA® for KIDS In addition to being a fun and healthy exercise option for adults, there are many benefits of Zumba® for kids. These include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, helping children develop healthy friendships and encouraging children explore the world of dance and fitness.Zumba® is a fusion of Latin dance with aerobic exercise. Kids can enjoy the different motions that Zumba® instructors lead them through and generally learn the routines fairly quickly. Children usually enjoying dancing and moving their bodies in different ways, have a great deal of energy and like to express their personalities. Zumba® for children encourages children to incorporate exercise into their daily life and this promotes strong bodies and weight management.In addition to the healthful benefits of Zumba®, a dance workout can promote better body coordination as Zumba® encourages children to move around in controlled motions like leg kicks, arm reaches, and hip sways contributing to better coordination and increased confident with their bodies.

 LIBRARY One of the biggest milestones in our children’s life is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research this until you are blue in the face, but the answer is really very simple. You’ve already started, because from the moment your child is born, you are teaching them. We talk to our babies. We read to them. We sing to them. We recite silly little verses while we change their diapers or put them in their car seat. We hug and cuddle our children. We play with them. We laugh with them. We read to them. In this way we are teaching children to read. Gwen Robertson. FBCC CDC’s Literacy Specialist will offer  ‘Book Nook’ and ‘Reading Circles Rolling Library’ program to all children enrolled in FBCC CDC at no additional cost to parents.

MUSIC Music is a way of knowing. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (1983), music intelligence is equal in importance to logical – mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily – kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. According to Thomas Armstrong (1994,5), “Intelligence is galvanized by participation in some kind of culturally valued activity and that the individual’s growth in such an activity follows a developmental pattern; each activity has its own time arising in early childhood.” Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking. Peery and Peery (1987) suggest that it is desirable for children to be exposed to, trained in, and enculturated with music for its own sake. That is, it is a birthright for all people to be able to sing in tune and march to a beat (Levinowitz and Guilmartin, 1989, 1992, 1996). To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, music must be included in early childhood. Music is offered twice a month by Ms. Josie because practically speaking, the argument that music education is a frill has no objective support.