At Step by Step, Paso a Paso, we will explore a new theme every week that will introduce your child to new ways of learning. We promote developmentally appropriate practices that support learning through art, music, play, curiosity, exploration, and day to day routine. Our lesson plans are designed with your child's needs in mind. At Step By Step, Paso a Paso, we believe in adapting to your child's needs, not your child adapting to ours. Our lessons are creative, inviting, and exciting to children. We believe in creating lesson plans that make your child want to participate and take part in the joy of learning.
Step by Step, Paso a Paso Workshops
Daily, our class will be seperated for thirty minutes into two groups: Writer's Workshop or Fine Motor Skills Workshop. We seperate the children based on ability, not by age as we believe every child progresses at his or her own speed. This is considered the more academic aspect of our curriculum. Below you will find an overview of the workshops.
Fine Motor Skills Development Workshop
The age group in this workshop is approximately 2.9 and 3 years of age. Children at this age learn best through exploring. The goal of this workshop is to develop children’s fine motor skills, retention levels, cognitive development, and lay down a solid foundation where they can build upon as they grow. This workshop also helps teach children letter and number recognition, shapes, and colors. To keep the excitement of learning alive and keep our students engaged, a new learning theme is presented each week. Themes such as: the rainforest, outer space and under the sea inspire our daily fine motor skills workshop activity. By introducing a new theme a week, children are also exposed to more vocabulary. It is important that children at this age group develop age appropraite fine motor skills and teachers conduct early intervention if needed.
The age group in this workshop is approximately 4 and 5 years of age. Children learn letter sound association and how to write their letters. Once they have a firm knowledge of sound associate and writing letters, they are ready to start the early stages of reading. We also teach children to have a love of reading by exploring books and introducing reading comprehension skills. The children that have gone through our writer’s workshop program enter kindergarten with the necessary skills and confidence.
Spanish Immersion Aspect Of Our Curriculum
Spanish plays a part in our daily curriculum. According to experts, introducing children to foreign languages should begin as early as possible. For a child, the advantages of learning multiple languages at an early age are extremely valuable and continue long into adulthood. Statistically, children who study a second language score higher on standardized tests such as the STAR, SAT, and verbal standardized tests. Language students also perform better in logical skills and math than do children with just one language.
At Step by Step, Paso a Paso, we believe in teaching your child Spanish by immersing them into the Spanish language and culture. Throughout the day, your child will hear Spanish in many different settings and environments, thus circle time, learning station, and art class will be taught in Spanish. Language experts agree that benefits such as a strong sense of pride, higher self-esteem, higher literacy skills, and long term retention are all reasons to introduce a new language to your child. At Stepby Step, Paso a Paso, our goal is to make learning a second language fun and exciting!
Play-Based Aspect Of Our Curruculum
At Step by Step, we believe that giving your child a balance of learning through play and formal instruction is key to their growth. We believe in teaching the whole child as well as letting kids be kids. At this stage in a child's life, they learn best through thier senses; thus, helping our students develop a solid sensory foundation is very important to us. Therefore, we believe in letting children explore, get messy with paint, mud, water, or whatever their little hearts desire. Our play-based aspect of our curriculum is really inspired by our students; we follow their lead and their intrests. Additionally, our outdoor nature playground was created to help develop their sensory development and encourage them to let out the chld in them.