At Sunshine Academy, our curriculum starts in the infant program with activities and projects designed to promote all aspects of children’s development – social, emotional, cognitive, and physical – while ensuring that the children receive warm, nurturing care and guidance from everyone at the school, most of all their teachers. The teachers inspire in the children joy and pride in their many daily accomplishments. They create a community of love and care for the children and their families.
The daily schedule for the infant program is based around the children’s naps, meals, activity time and outside time. Activities are planned around monthly themes (e.g., colors, shapes, animals, seasons, numbers) and are designed to provide the children with fun, age-appropriate experiences that promote specific developmental skills.
As the children progress into the toddler program, they develop a keen interest in more peer-to-peer interaction. They seek out opportunities for imitative and pretend play. At that stage, we introduce a distinction in the curriculum between “choice time” and “structured activity” time. Choice time consists of child-directed inquiry in the classroom activity areas to enable the children to explore the classroom materials and learn to play cooperatively with each other. At that time, the teachers’ role is to observe the children, guide them in their interactions with each other, and introduce materials and scenarios that challenge them to develop new skills.
Structured activity time, in contrast, involves teacher-directed activities and projects designed to promote specific skills. The skill areas we emphasize are Language and Early Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Sensory Exploration, Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts, and Health and Hygiene. Specific learning goals for each of these curriculum areas as well as for Socio-Emotional Development and Physical Development are outlined herein.
We developed our infant and toddler curriculum to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Massachusetts Department of Education. We look forward to working with you on the care and education of your child.