Curriculum and Assessments
Little Fireflies Academy will be implementing PEEP Science Curriculum. PEEP Science Curriculum celebrates curiosity and the joys of discovery! The PEEP science curriculum invites children to actively investigate their world by exploring water, sound, plant, color, shadows, and ramps (movement) in units lasting 3 weeks. I
Little fireflies will add additional enriched activities including:
• Learning through nature
• Drama, music and dance
• Creative expressions through arts & crafts
• Exploration through science
• Learning numbers, counting, measuring, and sorting
• Literacy through phonics and reading readiness
• Motor skills through physical development
• ABC Mouse
Little Fireflies Academy will use Indaina's local school assessment IStar-Kr (See attached link for more information)
Young children learn from direct contact with objects.
A good science exploration is one that can be investigated using hands-on activities that can be repeated again and again in different ways. Children need to be able to look, touch, and experiment with different objects many times, in many ways, and in different settings. For example, in the Explore Water unit, children observe water drops on leaves after a rainstorm, watch them drip from a faucet or their own ﬁngertips at a sink, and squeeze them from eyedroppers onto wax paper.
Children connect different experiences to form ideas about how things work.
Children draw conclusions based on their experiences. By exploring one science topic for several weeks in many different ways, children build new and more complex understandings. For example, children may think that plants always need light to grow. In the PEEP unit, Explore Plants, children sprout bean seeds next to a sunny window—and in darkness, under a plate. They observe, gather data, and compare the results, expanding their understanding of the role light plays in the development of a plant.
Preschoolers are immersed in their own perspective.
Since young children make meaning from objects and events that affect them directly, science investigations should relate to their interests. Explorations into shadows and plants can grow from questions children ask, such as: Why does my shadow disappear? How can I keep my plant alive?
Children like to exert control over their environment.
When children can act on objects or events and see a response, they feel empowered and begin to understand cause-and-effect relationships. Science investigations should include plenty of opportunities for children to pose “What happens if...?” questions, to make choices, and then observe the results of their actions. For example, in a shadow investigation, a child might ask, "What happens if I move my hand closer to the lamp?" Trying it out, the child discovers that the shadow of his or her hand grows larger and blurrier the closer it gets to the lamp.
Little Fireflies will conduct an annual play around Christmas time. We will ask parents to participate by making costumes, props, settings, and practicing with their children at home.
With dedicated teachers we ensure children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident.
Children will be encouraged daily to have interactions with music from all cultures. Little fireflies is currently looking for someone to volunteer once a month in the classroom and play music for the children.
Children will be encouraged daily to have interactions with art. Little Fireflies Academy will have annual art show around August showcasing all of the magnificent art work our students have created throughout the school year.