1400 West August Blvd, Chicago, IL 60642
773-969-5512
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Our Curriculum

A Nationally Recognized Curriculum of Excellence

We use Teaching Strategies GOLD Curriculum aimed at school readiness in order to best support children.

GOLD is used as a developmentally appropriate early childhood assessment tool, based on 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. These help teachers focus on what matters most for children’s success. Children in the preschool program are assessed multiple times per school year tracking growth and attainment.

2 Year Old Curriculum

Curriculum for 2 year-olds in our program focuses on Social-Emotional and Physical development. These skills form the solid foundation on which children will build throughout their education. We have a comprehensive program, however, it focuses more on:

Social/Emotional Skills

  • Regulates own emotions and behaviors
    • Manages feelings
    • Follows limits and expectations
    • Takes care of own needs appropriately
  • Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    • Forms relationships with adults
    • Responds to emotional cues
    • Interacts with peers
    • Makes friends
  • Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
    • Balances needs and rights of self and others
    • Solves social problems

Physical Skills

  • Demonstrates traveling skills
  • Demonstrates balancing skills
  • Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
  • Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
    • Uses fingers and hands
    • Uses writing and drawing tools

3-5 Year Old Curriculum

Curriculum for 3-5 year-old students places an emphasis on Cognitive, Literacy and Math skills, which are essential for kindergarten preparedness.

Cognitive Skills

  • Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    • Attends and engages
    • Persists
    • Solves problems
    • Shows curiosity and motivation
    • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
  • Remembers and connects experiences
    • Recognizes and recalls
    • Makes connections
  • Uses classification skills
  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    • Thinks symbolically
    • Engages in sociodramatic play

Literacy Skills

  • Demonstrates phonological awareness
    • Notices and discriminates rhyme
    • Notices and discriminates alliteration
    • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
    • Identifies and names letters
    • Uses letter—sound knowledge
  • Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    • Uses and appreciates books
    • Uses print concepts
  • Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
    • Interacts during read-alouds and book conversations
    • Uses emergent reading skills
    • Retells stories
  • Demonstrates emergent writing skills
    • Writes name
    • Writes to convey meaning

Mathematics

  • Uses number concepts and operations
    • Counts
    • Quantifies
    • Connects numerals with their quantities
  • Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
    • Understands spatial relationships
    • Understands shapes
  • Compares and measures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of patterns