Curriculum and Early Childhood Benchmarks

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    Small Wonders refers to the Minnesota Early Indicators of Progress as minimal benchmarks. Keeping track of your child’s progress will ensure that they are ready to be successful upon entering kindergarten.

    Small Wonders Preschool utilizes the Scholastic Pre-K On My Way and Frog Street Press Curriculums, which are designed to help each child accomplish these benchmarks. Students are assessed formally and informally by your child's teachers throughout the year. Results are shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences. When reviewing your child’s development, we look at the following domains: Social- Emotional Development, Approaches To Learning, Language & Literacy Development, Creativity & The Arts, Cognitive Development including (Science, Technology, Social Studies, & Mathematics), and Physical & Motor Development.

    Although children develop in similar stages, it is important to remember that each child will develop at their own pace. This development is influenced by their family, their culture and the community they live in. (NAEYC 1996)

    The curriculum used, allows for varied levels of development. We adapt instruction and curriculum to include all children.

    Small Wonders encourages children to have fun, meet new children, follow directions, gain new skills, increase social competence, experience new situations, participate as an individual and in a group, and most importantly, build self-esteem. Seasonal celebrations, parent conferences and parent involvement are essential program components.