Our two’s program is based on the fundamental principle that children learn through play. Every month, our teachers use themes to guide age-appropriate and fun activities for free play, circle time, and group projects that promote social, cognitive, physical, and emotional growth. Children are gaining skills to understand the world around them while enjoying stories, art, music, nature, and friendships. As the year progresses, independence blooms!
The three’s curriculum focuses on a child’s personal and social development. Children move from parallel play in the beginning to cooperative play during both free play and structured center activities. Activities help promote positive self-esteem and independence. Children are also exposed to age-appropriate circle time lessons and activities which encourage cognitive and motor development. Some areas focused on include colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. The curriculum is designed around monthly thematic units which incorporates a multisensory approach to involve children with all learning styles.
The main goals in the four’s program are letter identification, letter sounds, and pre-reading skills. There is a focus on number concepts such as graphing skills, patterns, counting by rote, and one-to-one correspondence while counting. There is also a concentration on fine motor development, social skills, and school readiness skills. A typical day includes circle time, center time (where concepts and academic skills are embedded), storytime (theme based or concept-driven books are read), math time, and recess.
FOUR’S DISCOVERY PROGRAM
Our four’s program also offers a Discovery curriculum which is an extension to the 4K school day. This is the ultimate virtual field trip around the world. We introduce the students to different countries on all seven continents. We explore the differences and similarities of language and culture of children across the globe. The students are introduced to food, games, sports, music and art from all over the world. Along the way, students keep journals and "suitcases" of their travels. Discovery integrates social awareness of the cultures and people from around the world through reading, writing, math, large and small motor activities, science experiments, art projects, dramatic play and cooking activities.
The O’Quinn kindergarten learning day aims to be well rounded as well as relevant to modern day best practices for early learners. Our young scholars are given time to explore their ideas and thinking, utilize a wide selection of learning tools, and develop their emotional and social intelligence in and through community under the care and guidance of their teachers. The kindergarten classrooms at O’Quinn are using the latest, data informed, highly successful curriculums: Eureka Math, Fountas and Pinnell Reading, and the IMSE Orton Gillingham Phonics. All the selected curriculum, including science and social studies, is able to direct learning in a hands-on, collaborative, multi modality pedagogy to optimize a student’s exposure and learning! Children at O’Quinn are given at least 60 minutes of outdoor play every day as well as daily extra curricular activities such as Art, Spanish, French, Physical Education and Music. Our kindergarten program is able to provide your scholar with the environment, instruction, and care for educational success and positive learning experiences!
The O’Quinn School also implements an age appropriate, monthly virtues program as part of the daily preschool routine. These virtues include: friendliness, trustworthiness, respect, compassion, cooperation, responsibility, patience, excellence, and perseverance. Monthly pep rallies with teacher skits and games help the children to understand each virtue.