Curriculum and Early Childhood Benchmarks

  • Woman teaching two boys   Women teaching two girls

    Small Wonders refers to the Minnesota Early Indicators of Progress as minimum 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 Houghton Mifflin Pre-k and Houghton Mifflin Splash into Pre-K Curriculums which are designed to help each child accomplish these benchmarks. Children are assessed formally and informally by your children’s teachers throughout the year. Results are shared with you 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 Houghton Mifflin Curriculum 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.