Curriculum

Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence

The basis of Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This seemingly logical insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for both teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education – greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, even higher test scores – are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.

By outlining the precise content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts, the Core Knowledge curriculum represents a first-of-its kind effort to identify the foundational knowledge every child needs to reach these goals, and to teach it, grade-by-grade, year-by-year, in a coherent, age-appropriate sequence.

With a strong focus on challenging, but age-appropriate content, the Core Knowledge Curriculum is unique among early childhood programs. It outlines a cumulative and coherent progression of knowledge and skills in all developmental areas and integrates developmentally appropriate practices for both content and instruction.

The skills and knowledge of both the Kindergarten and Preschool Sequence provide a solid foundation for the content that children will encounter in their daily lives. Those children who transition from the SVA preschool class to a content-rich kindergarten class, like the one found at SVA, have the greatest advantage in terms of future academic success. Those that continue on into SVA’s kindergarten will be prepared for the continued succession of the content rich, ever building liberal arts program that Core Knowledge is known for. Learn more about Core Knowledge.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a program that helps develop healthy relationships between members of a school’s educational community and to teach effective skills that help participants to do their best and be their best. The program uses a universal language to teach children to self-manage and how to handle conflict when it occurs. The core of the program is, “If you reach a child’s heart you will reach their mind.”

Saxon Math Preparation

Saxon Math is proven curriculum that distributes instruction, practice, and assessment of related concepts throughout the year while building on the knowledge learned. Saxon Math provides the time for every student to learn, practice, process, and go beyond mastery. As a result, students retain learned concepts and reach proficiency. Unlike a traditional chapter approach that separates different concepts, such as whole numbers from fractions, Saxon Math integrates and connects strands on a daily basis. Students communicate, reason, and make connections.

SkyView elementary students complete Saxon Math one grade level above the level they attend (i.e. kindergarten will utilize the first grade content), our preschool curriculum is carefully aligned to lay the foundation needed for Saxon first grade level math. Math will be executed in both whole group and small group instruction. The Saxon Math Scope and Sequence is adjusted in age appropriate methodologies to reflect kindergarten goals at the preschool level and first grade goals at the kindergarten level. Learn more about Saxon Math.

Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting fluency is fundamental to learning because children think and write at the same time. When we teach children to write, we also teach them how to express themselves. If they struggle to form their letters, their ability to express themselves will suffer. Children who don’t master handwriting may be slow, sloppy, or illegible writers.

SVA focuses on fun and achievement to optimize children’s curiosity and joy of learning throughout school. Our goal is to help students learn proper handwriting habits and then apply those habits naturally and automatically to all writing experiences that they’ll take throughout elementary school, high school, and beyond.

By playing, singing and building letters, they develop important skills they need to print words, sentences, and paragraphs. The readiness and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation. Children learn to print using hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities. Fine motor work gained from the writing readiness program prepares students for pencil and paper success. Learn more about Handwriting Without Tears.

The Zoo-Phonics

This multisensory language arts program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness. The principle of Zoo-phonics maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling, and writing process in a playful and concrete manner. Learn more about Zoo-Phonics.

Stop and Think

SkyView Preschool uses a research based curriculum called Stop and Think. This curriculum is used to help guide students in gaining conflict resolution, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. It also helps students with learning to make good choices through large group and small group role activities. Learn more about Stop and Think.