The Reading Baptist Day School uses curriculum themes to give the children integrated, developmentally appropriate learning experiences and activities. A theme based curriculum means that each skill area of the curriculum is connected to a topic which we refer to as a theme. Themes can be very specific, for example, the Farm, the Rain Forest, Transportation, the Solar System, Pond Life. Our classroom activities are then tied into each theme. We strive to incorporate the following into our theme-based education:
Math skills are developed and reinforced throughout the day through calendar activities, games, sorting exercises and block building. Children have many opportunities to build their understanding of numbers, number names, quantities, measurement, patterns, shapes and other basic math skills.
Children are exposed to science constantly in our classrooms and outside. Our teachers provide many hands on opportunities to explore, observe, problem solve and make predictions.
Social and Emotional:
An important part of our program is modeling and teaching positive social and emotional skills. Some of these skills include: showing respect for others, sharing, building confidence, understanding emotions and expressing them in appropriate ways.
We provide many opportunities for children to experience art through a variety of mediums. We focus on the process of the art experience through exploration of techniques, tools and materials.
Music is an important part of our curriculum. We incorporate music into circle time, quiet time and transition time (clean up song). Children participate in dancing, singing, finger plays and have opportunities to explore musical instruments.
Children are exposed to a wealth of literacy activities and a print-rich environment. The day is filled with opportunities to practice language and learn about letters. During circle time and throughout the day children are encouraged to express themselves verbally, ask questions, and interact with peers and teachers. Children also develop language skills through rhyming, singing, story time and class discussions.
Children in our 3 Day Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Program use Handwriting Without Tears, a developmentally appropriate handwriting curriculum. For more information visit their website here.