This is the country’s leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5. It helps you preschools and daycare centers and implement a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. It combines the latest research and the freshest ideas into a forward-thinking approach to learning–one that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child in their classrooms.
In 1982, Drs. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn discovered that babies between the ages of 10 and 24 months were spontaneously using simple gestures to represent words they weren’t yet able to say. They might sniff for “flower,” pant for “dog,” or flap their arms for “bird.” What would happen, Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn wondered, if parents just helped the process along?
Thus began a major breakthroughin infant-parent communication called the Baby Signs Program-a natural baby sign language that allows babies and their parents to use simple signs to communicate important things like being hungry or thirsty, hot or cold, afraid or sad-often a full year before babies could otherwise speak.
Through two decades of research, much of it funded by the National Institutes of Health, Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn have demonstrated that their Baby Signs Program has dramatic benefits, including decreasing frustration for babies and parents, enriching the parent-child bond, boosting emotional development, helping babies talk sooner-even raising IQ.
The Music Together® Preschool program helps all children learn music in developmentally appropriate ways. Music Together’s preschool music program uniquely integrates music experiences at home with those in school to create a music-making community which supports a child’s language, cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.
Children experience fifty to seventy-five songs a year and become familiar with important aspects of music-making – moving in rhythm, singing in various tonalities, improvising, listening, using language in musical ways, dancing, and “reading” song book pages.
Each week a trained Music Together® specialist leads the children and their classroom teachers in a variety of song, movement, and instrument activities. With the help of the Music Together materials—a special teacher-edition songbook and CD—the classroom teacher then builds on the music-class experience during the week. Music becomes part of daily classroom life, extending to other curriculum areas like language, art, and math.
Music extends to family life, too, as children “bring the music home” to their parents through the Music Together family CD and illustrated songbook. The Music Together® specialist and the classroom teachers work together to create convenient opportunities for parents to experience the music activities at school, including classroom visits and special parent events.
- Music Together® specialists teach music and movement classes in cooperation with classroom teachers. Weekly classes are 30 to 45 minutes long.
- The Music Together specialist helps the classroom teacher gain knowledge of early childhood music development as well as the skills for making music a part of daily class routines.
- Classroom teachers follow through on the weekly sessions, adapting activities to their curriculum needs and interests.
- Recordings, songbooks, and teaching materials are provided for classroom use.
The Zoo-phonics Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts.
At Hill CDC we view our playground and local parks as an extension of our classroom.