Our Curriculum

 
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Curriculum Overview

Legacy Early Learning Academy recognizes and encourages the amazing potential children have to learn and goes above and beyond the standards of other early education centers. We offer a safe, clean, loving environment, and seek to promote a lifelong love of learning. The home includes ample outdoor play space, an organic vegetable garden, and a preschool classroom designed for 10 children.


Our Program includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Advanced Language Arts

  2. Advanced Mathematics

  3. Hands-On Science

  4. Geography

  5. Afrikan History and Culture

  6. Character Development



LELA uses a combination of early childhood curricula including HIGHSCOPE®, RightStart™ Mathematics, and Handwriting Without Tears®, in conjunction with other successful teaching methods, to create a unique style of teaching and learning.
















Phonics and Language Arts

LELA’s Language Arts program incorporates poetry, story time, and a number of different approaches for developing vocabulary, early communication and pre-reading skills. Students learn the basic conventions of print in addition to letter recognition, phonemic awareness, blending, and sight word recognition.



Numerical Concepts

In addition to counting, number and shape recognition, and mastery of one-to-one correspondence, children practice sorting, sequencing, classifying, evaluating, matching, measuring, logical thinking and problem solving. LELA also uses AL Abacus’ RightStart™ Mathematics program, which provides a hands-on approach for young visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Students begin to understand foundational principles for more advanced math concepts.



Science

Children explore how things work and what makes things happen via daily outdoor exploration and hands-on learning.  Outside, students learn about plants, soil, and living organisms through daily maintenance of our organic vegetable garden. A major thrust of our science program includes principles of sustainability. We compost food waste and biodegradable materials, recycle, conserve water and electricity, and learn about how our daily lives affect the health of the planet.


In anatomy, we learn about our bodies from the inside out. Students learn about outside body parts as well as bones, organs and their functions. Students also learn about what’s good for the body (fruits, vegetables, water, exercise, etc.). We discuss and promote health and nutrition through eating vegan meals, maintaining good hygiene, brushing our teeth after each meal, and daily exercise.



Social Studies

As children develop, they become more aware of the rest of the world and desire to explorer and discover it.  LELA satisfies their quest through thematic studies throughout the year focused on topics relating to people, places, and things in the community as well as cultures around the world. LELA’s Social Studies curriculum consists of world history and geography (with an emphasis in Afrikan history) as well as character and socio-emotional development.  Children as young as 2 years old begin to learn about the Solar System, the continents, the oceans and countries, animals, and peoples around the world.


Likewise, children learn about their role at school, in their family and in their community. Sharing, respectful communication, and appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution are among the many aspects of socio-emotional development addressed in the program.  Story-telling and history are also times during which we discuss the importance of character traits such as wisdom, unity, purpose, courage, patience, and self-determination, while developing our awareness of those who have exemplified these traits.



Writing, Pre-Writing, and Fine Motor Development

We provide the opportunity to exercise small muscles through cutting, coloring, gluing, pasting, tracing, painting, lacing, playdough, and using puzzles. These activities are not only enjoyable, but also helpful in strengthening a correct grip and control of fingers, and hand-eye coordination. Students are also encouraged to experiment with lines, shapes, letters, numbers, and scribbles. While many programs maintain that children under 5 are unable to write, children as young as 2 years old are often eager and will begin writing letters and numbers without being prompted to do so. We promote letter and number recognition and correct formation using activities from the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum.



Art, Play, Music and Movement

While these areas of development are incorporated in various learning activities throughout the day, students have daily opportunities specifically for music, movement, and art. Children develop musical skills by listening, clapping, marching and dancing to music, and through playing rhythm instruments.  Specific activities include singing, Afrikan dance, and yoga.  Participating in arts and crafts opens up a wide range of activities for children to explore and create. Children experiment with crayons, markers, paint, clay, glue, brushes, sponges, scissors, papier-mâché, and more.


Children also need opportunities for running, jumping, climbing, balancing and active movement, as it is essential to muscle development and physical fitness. LELA offers daily opportunities for outdoor play and exploration as the weather permits.


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