Preschool (2´s, 3´s, PK)
Our Preschool program combines Spanish immersion with a proven readiness curriculum which prepares children for a successful elementary school experience. Students of any level of Spanish are welcome to be part of Maryel preschool.
The curriculum ensures children are ready for elementary school by providing them a range of knowledge and skills to build the right foundation for good future progress. Maryel follows a Thematic Approach to teaching and learning using real-world projects to engage children in the community around them.
Maryel’s curriculum aids children in developing their physical coordination, learning to share, following simple and reasonable instructions, learning to speak about their experiences through language development, learning to appreciate books and understanding that printed symbols create words and convey meaning.
Children extend their attention span through small group activities and the readiness skills needed to be successful in elementary school. Additional components within the program include self-expression through music, movement, art, dramatization and creative play. A well-rounded curriculum provides a well-rounded learning experience for Maryel students.
Maryel believes that children do best socially interacting with children of their own age. Each of our classrooms is geared towards a specific age group. Fenced and well-equipped playgrounds surround the classrooms encouraging social interaction on age-appropriate equipment.
Maryel’s curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning:
Personal, emotional and social development
With a focus on the social and emotional aspects of a child’s development, our program is an introduction to the learning process and a wonderful way for each child to begin a life-long love of learning.
- Recognize their qualities and abilities, as well as those of their classmates.
- Become aware of their needs, points of view and feelings, and develop their sensitivity toward the needs, points of view and feelings of their classmates.
- Understand the external rules that regulate their behavior in the different areas in which they participate.
- Gradually acquire more autonomy.
- Accept their classmates as they are and understand that they all have the same rights.
- Assume responsibilities for their actions.
- Understand that different cultures have different needs, points of view, and beliefs that must be treated with respect.
- Learn about the importance of friendship.
- Understand the value of trust, honesty and mutual support.
- Gradually internalize the rules of interaction and behavior based on equity and respect.
Language arts and literacy
After graduating, Maryel’s students will have twice the ability to read and write and their knowledge will be broader due to their increased exposure to global information.
Language and communication
- Communicate states of mind, feelings, emotions, and experiences through spoken language.
- Use language to regulate their behavior in different types of interactions with others.
- Acquire and share information through language.
- Listen to and tell stories.
- Appreciate the linguistic diversity of their region and their culture.
- Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
- Read and understand simple sentences.
- Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud.
- Read common irregular words.
- Interpret the content of different texts based on the knowledge they have attained from the different types and writing systems.
- Use the phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds.
- Graphically express the ideas that they want to communicate as well as verbalize them to build a written text, with adult assistance.
- Identify some characteristics of the writing system.
Maryel’s students learn to communicate their understanding of mathematics through problem solving activities and discussing books with mathematical themes. Our core curriculum is Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach.
- Know numbers names.
- Use numbers in different situations that involve the use of counting principles.
- Propose and solve problems in familiar situations that involve adding, subtraction, matching, comparing, and dividing objects.
- Gather information about certain criteria, graphically represent the information and be able to interpret it.
- Identify patterns in a sequence based on repetition and growth.
Form, space and measurement
- Recognize and name the characteristics of objects and geometric shapes.
- Build reference systems in relation to spatial location.
- Use unconventional units to solve problems that involve measuring magnitudes of length, volume, weight, and time.
- Identify what measuring instruments are for and gain a basic understanding of how to use them.
Familiarizing our children with healthy and age-appropriate use of media and technology when they are young is vital to their future success.
- Nursery students are introduced to interactive software on laptop computers and Smart Boards. These applications enhance the students’ discovery in many subject areas, encourage cooperative learning, and develop the students’ fine motor skills.
- Children recognize that a range of technology is used in place such as homes and schools.
Knowledge of social and natural world
Each child is encouraged to use all his/her sense to observe and explore the world around them.
The natural world
- Observe living things and what occurs within their natural elements.
- Experiment with different non-hazardous elements, objects and materials to find answers to questions about the natural world.
Formulate explanations for natural phenomenon they observe.
- Develop predictions based on what they know and/or assume about the natural environment.
- Participate in environmental conservation and propose measures for preservation.
The social world
- Establish relationships between their present and ancestral families as well as community through objects, daily situations, and cultural practices.
- Distinguish and explain some characteristics of their own culture and others alike.
Recognize that human beings are different, that we are all important, and that we have the ability to participate in society.
Recognize and understand the importance of human action in improving family, school, and community life.
Art and Music
Students study art from diverse cultures and time periods and learn about famous artists as they develop their own skills. Field trips utilize the many possibilities of appreciating works of art including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.
- Be able to sing songs, create them and accompany them with either conventional musical instruments or ones they create.
- Communicate sensations and feelings awakened by the songs and music they hear.
- Communicate and express ideas, feelings, and imagination creativity through art techniques, using various tools and skills.
- Communicate feelings and ideas that they conjure up when they look at pictures, sculpture, architecture, photographs and other forms of art.
- Represent real or imaginary characters and situations through games and dramatic expressions.
- Identify the motive, theme, or message of the theatrical piece as well as the characteristics of the protagonist of some literary works or theatrical presentations and discuss them.
- Expression with the body, in various situations, with singing and musical accompaniment.
- Express themselves through dance, communicating sensations and emotions.
- Explain and share with others the sensations and thoughts they have when they perform or watch dance presentations.
Physical education and health
The athletic program introduces cooperative group games. Children develop gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and body awareness through sports activities.
- Be able to balance and control movements that require strength, resistance, flexibility, and impulse in games and physical exercise activities.
- Use objects and instruments that will allow them to solve problems and carry out various activities.
- Practice basic preventive and safety measures to protect their health as well as to prevent accidents and risks at school and beyond.
- Participate in social health actions, environmental conservation, and care for natural resources in their environment.