Curriculum

The Early Language School and its staff believes that children learn best in a supportive, loving, home-like environment where they are motivated by caring adults who observe and learn beside them. We believe that children should be given time, appropriate materials, and engage in meaningful interactions to develop intellectually and emotionally.

Circle time:

Circle time helps reinforce a sense of classroom community, respect for others, listening and language skills, turn taking, and self-esteem. Children learn to participate in a group and how to communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children also learn to respect one another's ideas and feelings. The ability to communicate is one of the most important and essential life skills that a child can acquire. It takes time, patience, and experience to strengthen a child's ability to communicate.

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Learning centers/Activity time:

Periodically new learning centers are introduced. Each center is usually directly related to the present curriculum theme and/or specific skill that the children are trying to master. With each new theme, we try to integrate all areas of the curriculum, language arts, math, art, science and social studies.

Children have a chance to work independently at their own pace, as well as cooperatively with others. Center time also allows the teachers to move around freely to observe and work with the children individually, as well as in small groups.

Each center is designed with the student's various developmental levels in mind. All children develop along the same continuum, but not all children develop at the same pace. This is taken into careful consideration when planning each leaning center.

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Choice time:

Choice time is a time for children to explore and learn through numerous activities. Play practices and enhances concentration, imagination, cooperation, and creation. It allows a child to practice grown-up behavior and develop a sense of control over ones own world.

Choices will include some combination of the following: block area, dramatic play, math, writing center, reading area, listening center, puzzles, sand and water, table, science exploration table, painting/drawing, etc. Each area allows for children to work on a variety of skills and concepts. For instance, the block area is a place where children develop and use math skills such as measuring, estimating, classifying, predicting, counting, etc. Choice time activities may also tie into a various theme or skill that is being covered.

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Snack time:

Healthy snack choices provide children with some of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and calories they need for growth, energy, and overall good health. In fact, healthy snacks can satisfy nutrient gaps and provide up to one quarter of a child's daily energy needs (USDA, ?Daily Food Plan,? n.d.). Healthy snacking satisfies hunger between meals, improves concentration, and prevents overeating at mealtime.

Snack time is also an opportunity for children to sit and relax and enjoy a healthy and organic snack. Children engage in small group discussions during these times. Children often discuss various activities that occur both in and outside of school. This is an opportunity for children to build language skills through the communication of thoughts and feelings, practice social skills and reinforce table manners.

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Outside activity:

Whether your child loves to play games with a ball or hopscotch or prefers nature activities like planting flowers or watching birds, we have plenty of ways to get your child discovering the great outdoors. Outside activity is an essential part of a child's development and learning experience. Physical activities that include running, climbing, skipping, and balancing enhance a child's large motor development. Expressing newly acquired physical ability and control heightens self-esteem. Outside activity is also beneficial in building a child's social skills, not to mention that this age group requires so called "some time to run"!

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Music/Movement activity:

Children are also given the opportunity to move within the classroom. Activities are based on the child's creativity as well as specific movements that help the children focus their attention better. It is important to have specific motor activities that stimulate certain areas of the brain for attention and memory. Music is incorporated to facilitate language development, movement, enhance memory, sequencing and for general pleasure. Our experience suggests that most children truly enjoy and learn through music activities.

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Gross motor skills:

This is a schedule time during the week. In small rotating groups, the staff work with the children on concepts such as body awareness, motor planning, ball playing, balance, running, jumping, upper and lower body strength, etc.

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Exploring with a book:

In French or in English, from Dr. Seuss to Claude Ponti, we love to read and explore. Every child asks a parent, a family member, a friend, a baby sitter to read a book. During the time of a book, a child is living a beautiful adventure where he/she is the hero. The book feeds his/her imagination; he/she?s approaching another universe. Reading helps developing both language and social skills while spending time together. At Early Language School, we cherish this time where our story time becomes a routine, where reading is a pleasure for children and teachers. Our ?reading center? is peaceful and inviting. It is set up so each child can come by himself/herself, with a friend or with a teacher and discover a new book or enjoy his/her favorite story over and over. Our B.E.A.R. program (Be Excited About Reading) is joyful, fun, imaginary, and extraordinary. It is a place where your child embraces this special time where we all become heroes together.

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Science center:

A child comes to school with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Maybe that?s the reason that his/her favorite question is ?why??. Science gives us a framework to understand the world and to answer those why questions. Our science center is engaging your child in crating science questions, making observations, exploring through hands-on activities.

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Early Language School, PO Box 961, Sudbury, MA 01776 (774) 462-1673


News


September 10th 2018

We won! Strong Pedagogical Project for French School in New England - see Community link above

March 15th 2018

Lincoln High, Honor Roll visit

March 6th 2018

Club Richelieu de Lowell

August 5th 2017

New 2017-2018 calendar!

August 5th 2017

See us at Kidz Expo in Marlboro

August 22nd 2015

Visit us at the Sudbury Family Town Fair!

March 10th 2015 - 10:30AM

Goodnow Library, French/English Story Time.

February 12th 2015 - 10:30AM

Upton Public Library, French/English Story Time.

February 10th 2015 - 10:30AM

Sudbury Goodnow Library, French/English Story Time.

JANUARY 22nd 2015 - 10:30AM

Upton Public Library, French/English Story Time.

JANUARY 13th 2015 - 10:30AM

Sudbury Goodnow Library, French/English Story Time.

JANUARY 12th 2015 - 10:30AM

French Story Time at Upton Public Library

DEcember 16th 2014 - 10:30AM

Sudbury Goodnow Library, French/English Story Time.

DEcember 6th 2014 - 10AM to 1PM

Open House at ELS.

November 18th 2014 - 10:30AM

Sudbury Goodnow Library, French/English Story Time.

October 7th 2014 - 10:30AM

Sudbury Goodnow Library, French Story Time.

June 9th 2014

Southborough Public Library, French Story Time.

May 28th 2014

ELS had its first open house!

April 15th 2014

ELS's new web site is up with more information.

April 7th 2014

ELS is exhibiting at the Fay School Preschool Fair.

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