Griffin Academy Curriculum

3-year old Curriculum 

Emotional Growth:

  • Provide a physical environment that is healthy, safe, and nurturing.
  • Provide a loving, welcoming, and joyous atmosphere for the children.
  • Provide an environment of routine and consistency.
  • Provide experiences that will develop qualities of responsibility and independence.
  • Create opportunities for the child to practice sitting still, working independently, concentrating, following directions, and working on a task until its completion.
  • Provide opportunities to develop the child’s imagination through pretend-play, creative story-telling, and art.

Social Growth

  • Encourage forming friendships with classmates.
  • Encourage sharing and taking turns.
  • Encourage and model responsibility of caring for one’s own things as well as caring for and maintaining the classroom (simple chores assigned to each child).
  • Encourage child to work cooperatively with others and to begin to understand and respect differences among individuals.
  • Create an environment where conflicts are solved constructively.
  • Create opportunities to practice/promote thoughtfulness and giving.

Cognitive Growth:

  • Provide learning activities in language arts:

•    oral language development;
•    expressive language;
•    increasing vocabulary;
•    pre-writing activities using crayons, pencils, markers, fingerpaints, and paints;
•    visual discrimination through matching, sequencing activities, and finding hidden objects;
•    activities for letter and sound recognition;
•    auditory discrimination through identifying familiar sounds, rhyming.

  • Provide concrete activities in pre-math and reasoning:

•    classifying, matching, sorting;
•    patterns and sequencing;
•    counting;
•    beginning number recognition;
•    memory skills.

  • Provide learning activities in science:

•    caring for the environment and for all living things;
•    collecting and gathering materials from nature;
•    simple experiments (such as growing seeds);
•    activities to improve observation skills.

  • Provide a wide range of art, drama, and music activities.
  • Provide opportunities and encourage self expression through music, movement, art, and drama.
  • Provide exposure to the French language through songs and simple conversation.

Physical Growth:

  • Provide opportunities for large muscle development and control.
  • Provide opportunities for small muscle development and control.
  • Provide opportunities to develop balance and coordination, hand-eye coordination, and spatial skills.
  • Encourage good habits of health, hygiene, diet, and safety.

4-year old Curriculum 

Emotional Growth:

  • Provide a physical environment that is healthy, safe, and nurturing.
  • Provide a loving, welcoming, and joyous atmosphere for the children.
  • Provide an environment of routine and consistency.
  • Create an opportunity that encourages discovery and exploration.
  • Create experiences that will increase a sense of competence and pride in accomplishments.
  • Create opportunities that will further develop qualities of responsibility and independence.
  • Provide experiences that will develop the child’s initiative and help him/her to learn to face and resolve conflict or overcome problems. 
  • Provide opportunities to develop the child’s imagination through pretend-play, creative story-telling, and art.

Social Growth:

  • Encourage social interaction among all classmates.
  • Encourage forming friendships with more than one classmate.
  • Encourage sharing and taking turns.
  • Encourage expressing oneself through verbal expression of feelings and thoughts.
  • Encourage self-reliance and self-control.
  • Encourage and model responsibility of caring for one’s own things as well as caring for and maintaining the classroom (simple chores assigned to each child).
  • Encourage child to work cooperatively with others and to begin to understand and respect differences among individuals.
  • Encourage compliance with rules and following directions.
  • Create an environment where conflicts are solved constructively (via talking through problems and reasoning).
  • Promote and create opportunities to practice thoughtfulness and giving.

Cognitive Growth:

  • Provide language-development activities in listening and expressive language.
  • Provide activities to develop pre-reading and reading skills through a phonics-based program:

•    Alphabet recognition/sound correlation;
•    Matching of letters, words, and shapes;
•    Visual discrimination and memory;
•    Word recognition;
•    Auditory discrimination and memory.

  • Provide activities to develop pre-writing and fine-motor skills: 

•    tracing activities;
•    clay, painting and puzzles;
•    creative story writing.

  • Provide activities to develop beginning math skills:

•    sorting, matching, and counting objects; 
•    grouping into sets;
•    recognition and sequencing of numbers;
•    recognition of shapes;
•    beginning addition and subtraction skills using math manipulatives.

  • Provide learning activities in science:

•    caring for the environment and for all living things;
•    gathering and examining materials from nature;
•    simple experiments;
•    activities to improve observation and memory skills.

  • Provide learning activities in social studies:

•    holidays and historical events during the calendar year;
•    community helpers;
•    simple map skills activities.

  • Provide a wide range of art, drama, and music activities.
  • Provide opportunities and encourage self expression through music, movement, art, and drama:

•    role-playing and make-believe play;
•    show-and-tell;
•    acting out stories with puppets and/or props.

  • Provide an environment to begin learning French.

Physical Growth:

  • Provide opportunities for large muscle development and control.
  • Provide opportunities for small muscle development and control.
  • Provide opportunities to further develop balance and coordination, hand-eye coordination, and spatial skills.
  • Encourage good habits of health, hygiene, diet, and safety.