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Curriculum

BeanTree’s curriculum is created from BeanTree Developmental Assessments. Different themes are planned each week, ranging from inventors to bugs, jungles to cooking around the world, all offering new and exciting ways for children to learn, reinforce, and solidify key developmental skills.

Each teacher prepares a weekly curriculum lesson plan that outlines daily activities to promote children’s abilities in the following areas:

Cognitive Development

Hands-On Curriculum Program
Cognitive learning is our ability to think, problem solve, make decisions, and make sense of the world around us. Interactive learning and building on concepts that are already learned is imperative to cognitive development. Playing peek-a-boo is an initial lesson in cause and effect for infants. When teachers read “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” to toddlers over and over, they develop the ability to sequence the story, recognize a pattern, and match words with pictures, all early skills needed for reading. Cognitive development continues to evolve as kindergarten students are able to write about and illustrate a story that they read earlier in the day – recalling the details and sequencing of the events.

We like to say that cognitive development is “Memorizing, Recognizing, and Utilizing” information.

Children ‘memorize’ how to count from 1 to 10. Children ‘recognize’ when they can identify the written numerals. Children ‘utilize’ this knowledge when they can associate these numbers with a group of objects.


Speech and Language

Speech and language development begins at birth. Speech is the physical act of expressing yourself and includes articulation, voice, and fluency. Language is different. It is made up of socially shared rules, such as knowing how to create new words (friend, friendly), order words correctly in a sentence, and adapt different words for different situations. At BeanTree, we employ teachers that know how important speech and language development is in the lives of our students. Our teachers constantly interact with our children, modeling for them good speech and language habits so their students can communicate with those around them more effectively.

We also partner with a local Speech Therapy Center to provide on-Campus speech and language screenings for children whose parents wish to sign them up.

Fine Motor Skills

These skills are developed as a child uses his fingers to pick up a small object and feeds himself, eventually learning to write and tie his own shoes. Often overlooked, these skills are important to master so children can progress in other skills as well. For instance, in order to build a tower of blocks in order from largest to smallest, a little girl must be able to use her hand to pick up the block and carefully set it down without causing the tower to fall in addition to using her cognitive skills to choose the blocks in the correct order.

Gross Motor Skills

When a baby first holds his own head up or rolls over, gross motor skills get the credit. As large muscles in the arms, torso, and legs develop and strengthen, children are able to crawl, walk, and eventually run--everywhere! Children are easily convinced to practice gross motor skills—who doesn’t want to dance, run, or play fun games on the playground?!

Social and Emotional Skills

These important skills are the ones that start in infancy and can directly affect children’s confidence as they grow older. Babies need to know that their cries will be responded to by a loving, patient caregiver. Toddlers need to be shown what it looks like to take turns so they can later be a part of the turn-taking process themselves. Preschoolers are newly capable of empathy and can begin to understand how to make a friend feel better when he gets a boo-boo. It is vitally important for children of all ages to learn how to interact with others and express their feelings and desires—social/emotional skills are the ones that make that happen.

Specialty Classes

Beginning with the Early Preschool Program, students start to attend the following classes each day with specialty teachers who create and implement their own curriculum lesson plans:
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Music
  • Technology
A director reviews every lesson plan for the upcoming week. While each program has curriculum lesson plans, we understand that each child is unique, which is why we take pride in individualizing each child’s learning. We encourage each child to reach her or his highest level of success and we thoroughly enjoy the process of learning and discovering alongside your child.
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