At ELP, one of our main goals is to encourage children to develop self-confidence by providing them with a wide array of age-appropriate activities in which they will find success. At ELP we ascribe to a center-based learning theory in which children are given the opportunity to make independent choices that make them more motivated to learn. The nine learning centers consist of Science, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Library, Listening, Writing, Art, Computers, and Music. Because children learn through play and experiences, these learning centers allow for more peer interaction, cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, as well as a variety of social skills. Learning centers also provide the opportunity for expanded oral language development because they encourage children to verbalize problems, solutions, and actions. The centers periodically change to reflect what is being taught or to enhance an educational theme.
Students will also participate in structured learning periods throughout their day. During these portions of time, an emphasis is placed on listening and participating while following classroom etiquette. This gives students a basic understanding of how to share in a group setting and acquaints them with classroom standards. The ELP curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of three and four year old children. The following are the end of the year goals for each class:
Preschool (3 year olds): Visual recognition of child's own name, shapes, colors, and counting to 20; growth in social development and expansion of verbal language; listening and participating appropriately in the classroom setting; introductory success in understanding and completing tasks. Our Pre-School Program for 3 year olds has been intentionally and specifically designed to prepare our students for the ELP Pre-Kindergarten Program
Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds): Prepare children to enter Kindergarten based on the requirements of the Rio Rancho School District; phonetic and visual recognition of upper and lower case letters; writing letters, numbers, and his/her first and last name; listening and participating appropriately in a classroom setting; basic understanding of patterns; counting to 50; and able to perform basic classroom duties.
Learning to Read with Starfall
Millions of children have learned to read at Starfall.com, and your child can too!
Starfall is so easy to use, there are no complicated instructions. The website supports your child's exploration. Every word when tapped or clicked will read aloud enabling your child's speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary to grow alongside his or her curiosity. On occasion, sit down with your child and use the website together and encourage your child to share what he or she has learned. Although the website is organized sequentially, please allow your child to play freely and create a unique path.
Remember to turn off the computer or mobile device and read to your child. Have conversations about what you read. Ask your child questions about the stories and encourage him or her to ask questions in return. Invite your child to read to you. When he or she reads even just a few words, be very proud! Celebrate these small successes. It will motivate your child and open a world of knowledge.