At FSA we believe that curiosity fills a lifetime of learning and children of all ages, including infants, are competent, motivated learners. FSA teaching staff understands the importance of play as the primary way in which young children learn.
We prepare children for the future by building a learning environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, risk taking, and a love for learning while creating a caring community of learners. We approach curriculum with meaningful learning opportunities that are open-ended and discovery oriented, with our number one goal to develop the strong healthy social skills that are of primary importance to kindergarten success. Our theme-based curriculum is infused with concrete experiences and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. These activities integrate knowledge across all the disciplines and encourage children to think in a more holistic and connected way to promote intellectual learning. The curriculum leads children through sequential stages of development as they learn to reason, hypothesize, predict, and problem solve. We believe true learning is based on experiences that are best directed by the children. In addition, our unique Picasso Art Studio and Da Vinci STEM Lab provide the space and materials for children to creatively master their projects.
Each classroom has a unique daily schedule, which provides children with a predictable routine, allowing them opportunities to experience both spontaneous and planned events. To ensure growth for the child in all areas of development, planned activities are provided throughout the day. These activities include experiences in fine motor, gross motor, art, sensory play, language, and fantasy. A variety of activities are set-up for the children and they are encouraged to move freely into the learning area of their choice. In planning the daily routine, we are sensitive to children’s needs for quiet/active time, indoor/outdoor time, large/small group time, and adult/peer interaction. Our goal is to provide a wide range of activities, which help integrate the child’s various developing skills.
The educational opportunities offered through planned activities and arrangement of the classroom environment, coupled with the focus on social-emotional development through communication and play, provide the basic framework needed for future development and studies.
Children are provided activities in the following areas:
- Dramatic Play: Playhouse and block areas are where children mimic grown-ups as their way of learning about the world around them. Dramatic play allows for acting out emotions and ideas, and opens up creative exploration.
- Music: Exposure to classical, rock, country, folk, blues, and world music, as well as traditional children’s music and singing, classical instruments, cultural instruments, finger plays, coordination and creative movement supports development of vocabulary, memory, and vocal skills.
- Art: Experiences are provided with paint, crayons, glue, ink, chalk, scissors, shapes, sizes, colors and textures to support self-expression and appreciation for the arts.
- Nature and Science: Care of plants and animals, materials to touch and explore, textures, scales to weigh, magnets, magnifying glasses, mirrors, playdough, sandbox, measurements, experiments, cooking, and nature walks all support your child’s connection to the world they live in.
- Multi-Cultural Awareness: Daily shared experiences with customs, songs, foods, artifacts, language, dance, stories, and traditions from the cultures of our families, our country, and from around the world enrich everyone’s understanding.
- Language and Literacy: Family, cultural, and community perspectives are integrated with exposure to language, sequencing of events, contextual cues, use of imagination and problem-solving, creating stories and books, exposure to letters, numbers, and symbols throughout the daily program is critical to support language and literacy development. Early use of crayons, chalk, pencils, markers, finger paint, and tracing support your child’s development of future writing skills.
- Math: Shapes, colors, sizes, quantities, comparisons, numbers, counting, matching, table games, dice, and dominoes are all experiences that support your child’s understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Gross Motor: Using the large muscles of the body–running, jumping, hopping, sliding, climbing, riding tricycles, balancing on borders and beams, dancing, crawling, rolling, rocking, kicking/throwing balls, playing games such as “Follow the Leader”, “Simon Says” and “Duck, Duck, Goose” support large muscle development and helps your child understand how to use his/her body.
- Fine Motor: The use of manipulative toys such as rhythm sticks, musical instruments, fingerplays, puzzles, crayons, paint brushes, Legos, scissors, snaps, buttons, zippers, small blocks, and stringing beads increases eye-hand coordination and development of fine motor motions and judgment.