NAEYC Accredited Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Sunshine Academy was the first school in Brookline to receive NAEYC accreditation under the more stringent post-2006 national standards. It is an honor we are proud of and a recognition of all the hard work our teachers and directors do every day to make Sunshine Academy the best early education experience possible.
The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. As of September 2006, the Association’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service. The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. For more information, see www.naeyc.org
Infants & Toddlers
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.
Preschool & Pre-K
Sunshine Academy’s preschool and pre-kindergarten curriculum is designed to promote all aspects of children’s development – social, emotional, cognitive, and physical – while inspiring in the children a love of learning. Our approach is to provide a balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities. In both morning and afternoon, the children engage in “structured activity” time as well as “choice time.” The structured activities provide teacher-directed engagement with our six curriculum areas and are designed to provide the children with fun, age-appropriate experiences that develop specific skills. Choice time consists of child-directed inquiry in the classroom activity areas to enable the children to practice teamwork, leadership, creativity, sharing and small-group dynamics. As the children progress from preschool to pre-kindergarten, the teachers place increasing emphasis on preparation for full-day kindergarten.
We developed our curriculum in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Education Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences, the Curriculum Standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Learning Expectations of the Public Schools of Brookline. The six curriculum areas we emphasize are:
- Language and Early Literacy
- Science, Technology, and Engineering
- History and Social Science
- Visual and Performance Arts
- Health and Physical Education
We look forward to working with you on the care and education of your child.