Our curriculum is based upon the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practices) and in conjunction with MCPS (Montgomery County Public Schools).
It is our goal to help the children in our care to meet the requirements for the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR). MMSR defines school readiness as the state of early development that enables an individual child to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences. As a result of family nurturing and interactions with others, a young child in this stage has reached certain levels of social and emotional development, cognition and general knowledge, language development, and physical well-being and motor development. School readiness acknowledges individual approaches toward learning as well as the unique experiences and backgrounds of each child.
Children learn through play.
Bright Minds Home Childcare understands the milestone that each child needs to reach, in order to be ready for school.
Toys are fun, but toys are also tools that help children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children. As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.
Our curriculum focuses on the following 5 Developmental Domains:
- 1. Cognitive concepts - Children learn to solve problems through play. Children also learn colors, numbers, size and shapes. They have the ability to enhance their memory skills as well as their attention span. This is referred to as "intellectual" or "logical" development, the acquisition of knowledge and thinking skills. Activities include thinking, perception, memory, reasoning, concept development, problem-solving ability, and abstract thinking.
- 2. Language (and literacy) - Language develops as a child plays and interacts with others. This begins with parents and advances to practical levels such as telling make-believe stories and jokes. These skills include vocabulary, communication, language & early literacy, awareness of print and other symbols representing language and communication.
- 3. Social Development - Learning to cooperate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are all-important skills learned as children play. These skills include the child's interactions with others, the child's involvement in social groups, including attachment, friendships, negotiation, and relational skills.
- 4. Emotional Development: This includes the development of personal traits including self image, self esteem, and self regulation.
- 5. Physical Development - Fine Motor/Gross Motor - Gross motor skills are developed as a child learns to reach, grasp, crawl, run, climb and balance. Fine motor skills are developed as children handle small toys, lacing, using scissors, etc. Consists of the development of the body structure. Physical development comprised of sensory development, motor development and the nervous system's coordination of perception/movement. Includes the sensory development of vision, hearing, taste, touch, and smell, and the coordination and integration of perceptual input from these systems by the central nervous system. Activities include fine motor, gross motor, sensory, and exercise.