The Program follows the preschool curriculum standards as implemented by the
staff of the Lincoln Public Schools. These standards are based on the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks which includes the following areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology/Engineering, History and Social Sciences, the Arts and Health Education. Early Childhood Center
The following is a list of activities, which are incorporated into classroom and individualized curriculum planning:
- Language and Literature: general language development and communication skills, reading stories, making books, using sign language and visuals, sharing and discussion, dictating stories to teachers and illustrating journals
- Gross Motor Development: skill development through individual, group and cooperative activities involving music and movement, games, outdoor play (swinging, climbing, ball play).
- Fine Motor Development: skill development through the use of stringing beads, puzzles, lacing, cutting, stacking toys, pegs, button and zipper boards, and a wide variety of interlocking toys
- Sensory Processing: sensory exploration through the use of varied materials such as: sand, water, shaving cream, rice, play dough and clay
- Creative Arts: use of tools, collage, painting, printing, drawing, play as a way to express oneself.
- Social Science: the exploration of self, families, communities and
diverse cultures with emphasis on interpersonal skills,
- Social Emotional Development: identifying and appropriately expressing emotions, and the development of self- help skills for increased independence.
- Dramatic Play: imaginary play, role-playing with costumes and props, and social interactions.
- Music and Movement: singing, musical instruments, finger play, and creative movement including dance and drama, and exposure to a variety of musical styles.
- Mathematics: use a variety of materials to explore and learn about
shapes, balance, textures, sizes, calendars, charts,
counting and sorting.
- Science: observation and investigation of our environment including cycles, similarities and differences regarding the seasons, weather, animals, plants, insects, properties of magnets and items from the natural world and cooking projects.
- Personal well-being: through themes and spontaneous situations, we help children develop an appreciation of their uniqueness, an understanding and expression of feelings, self-control, sensitivity to others' feelings and needs, an ability to handle problems and decision-making skills, cooperation and sharing, building relationships and pride in their accomplishments.
Play is the Work of Young Children!
The Lincoln Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum follows Preschool Curriculum Standards based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which includes English Language Arts, mathematics, science and technology, history, social science, and arts and health education.
In our classrooms, a great deal of emphasis is spent on helping the children learn to socialize and cooperate with their peers and adults outside of their families. For many, this is the first school experience. Learning how to resolve a conflict, sharing, taking turns and listening to others are all part of the socialization process.
Sometimes, parents wonder when they ask their child(ren), "What did you do in school today?" and receive the response "I played". It may seem as though our schedule of blocks, songs, outside time, stories, games, etc. is play, and that there is no "work" or "learning" going on. Young children's natural and best way of learning is through play and interactions with their environment. Young children need a variety of opportunities to explore and experiment with concepts through hands-on activities in their natural environment. The curriculum standards identify activities that are appropriate for a range of skill development and learning styles of young children.
Our curriculum is theme based. Each week (or longer) we focus on a particular theme (i.e. Self Concept, Shapes, Healthy Foods). Specifically identified target skills incorporate interrelated activities along unit themes. Target skills (i.e., shape recognition, scissor skills, sharing) are embedded into the activities that are planned for that each unit.