Welcome Amigos -- Academics

Curriculum

Our hands-on curriculum focuses on all the developmental skills children need to become confident, independent, and academically ready for the next level.

We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and High Scope approach and are guided by the NAEYC’s (National Association for the Education of Young Children- www.naeyc.org.) Principals of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children. We are dedicated to provide a joyful and engaging atmosphere that acknowledges and supports children’s ability to construct and understanding of their world by providing them with a series of material and opportunities to develop and find their interests.

Social Curriculum

The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. This social curriculum is applied to all the Programs including Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and, Kindergarten.

With Responsive Classroom as foundation for our social/emotional curriculum, Welcome Amigos strives to create a classroom community where children learn and practice specific set of social skills needed to be successful academically and socially. The teachers at Welcome Amigos do not assume that these skills are known by our students and explicitly “teach” them the skills using multiple paths, creating a curriculum that fosters the needs of belonging, significance, and having fun.
To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn and practice specific social skills How children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content go hand in hand

Social Goals:

  • Saludo (Greeting)
    • Set a positive tone for the day.
    • Provide a sense of recognition and belonging.
    • Help children learn and use everyone’s names.
    • Encourage children to practice hospitality.
  • Reunión de Círculo (Circle Time)
    • Create a positive sense of community in the classroom
    • Teach the skills of friendliness and social interest through sharing, listening, inclusion, participation and dialogue.
    • Merge social, emotional, and intellectual learning.

The social skills can be remembered by the acronym CARES:

  • Cooperation
  • Assertion
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Self-control
    • Model and practice, through daily routine, the social skills children need to use the entire day (CARES).
  • Compartiendo (Sharing)
    • Develop and practice the skills of caring communication (for example, empathy and friendly interest).
    • Help children know one another and be known, which is essential to their ability to empathize and to their sense of belonging and self-worth.
    • Encourage habits of inquiry that are important to cognitive growth.
    • Give opportunities for children to practice speaking to a group in a strong and individual voice.
    • Develop children’s vocabulary and language arts skills.
  • Actividad de Grupo (Group Activity)
    • Build community culture by developing a class repertoire of songs, games, chants, and poems.
    • Foster active and engage participation.
    • Heighten the class’s sense of group identity.
    • Have fun together while becoming more competent in the skills represented by CARES.
    • Enhance the learning of curriculum content through fun group experiences.
  • Mensaje (Message)
    • Help children make the transition from our “reunión” to the rest of the day and get them excited about what they’ll be learning.
    • Develop and reinforce language, math, and other skills in a meaningful and interactive way.
    • Build community through sharing written information.
    • Reinforce social skills.

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