Curriculum

Curriculum

Our primary focus at Appletree Academy is to instill a love of learning in each child and to develop independent, confident, and productive lifelong learners. Our curriculum is developed to challenge children through age-appropriate play. We follow the recommended Texas Early Learning Guidelines and focus on the seven domains of learning and development.

Those seven domains are as follows:

Social and Emotional Development

  • Self Concept – Develops awareness and sense of self

  • Self Control - Manages emotions with increasing independence

  • Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior – Develops foundational skills to support cooperation and prosocial behavior

  • Social Relationships – Shows interest in, interacts with, and develops personal relationships with others

  • Knowledge of Families and Communities - Develops a sense of belonging to family, community, and other groups

Approaches to Learning

  • Innovation and Curiosity - Develops foundational skills that support innovation, self-direction, and curiosity as a learner Sensory Exploration, Reasoning, and

  • Problem Solving - Demonstrates active inquiry, persistence, problem identification, and application of knowledge to new situations

Health and Physical Development

  • Fine (Small) Motor Skills - Uses finger and hand control to operate and use small objects demonstrating fine motor coordination

  • Gross (Large) Motor Skills - Child demonstrates effective and efficient use of large muscles for movement, position, and to explore the environment

  • Health and Safety Practices - Child develops an awareness and understanding of health, physical activity, and safety

  • Nutrition - Develops healthy eating habits and exhibits increasing independence in eating abilities

Language and Literacy Development

  • Listening and Understanding - Demonstrates continual growth in understanding increasingly complex and varied vocabulary

  • Speaking and Communicating - Develops foundational skills to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes

  • Phonological Awareness - Demonstrates knowledge of phonological awareness

  • Book Knowledge and Appreciation - Demonstrates interest in and appreciation of reading-related activities

  • Print Awareness and Early Writing - Conveys meaning through drawing, letters, and words

Mathematics

  • Number and Operations - Demonstrates awareness of quantity, counting, and numeric competencies

  • Geometry and Spatial Sense - Develops understanding of geometric shapes and spatial relationships

  • Patterns and Measurements - Demonstrates awareness of routines, predictable patterns, and attributes that can be measured

  • Data Analysis - Develops foundational skills in learning to understand concepts of classification, data collection, organization, and description

Science

  • Scientific Knowledge - Demonstrates a basic awareness and use of scientific concepts

  • Scientific Skills and Methods - Develops foundational skills in learning and understanding about the world through exploration and investigation

Creative Arts

  • Music - Develops foundational skills to support creative expression through voice, instruments, and objects

  • Visual Art - Develops foundational skills that support creative expression through the process, production, and appreciation of visual art forms

  • Movement - Develops foundational skills that support creative expression through movement

  • Dramatic Play - Expresses creativity using puppetry, storytelling, dance, plays, and theater

Studies have shown that children are active learners. This means that children need to be able to relate what they are learning, to their own life in order for it to make sense. Each of our classrooms foster an active learning environment by utilizing weekly themes that not only keep your child interested, but also that they can relate to. Our daily lessons use the weekly theme to incorporate activities that promote purposeful play to allow your child to imagine, create and explore using their seven senses. Our teachers act as guides while facilitating the children’s activities to promote a nurturing, respectful and thought-provoking atmosphere. We strongly encourage daily communication between our teachers, parents, and children in order to establish a relationship with every family based on trust, respect, and a mutual understanding that when it comes to caring and educating your child, nothing but the best will do.

We are so excited to play such an important part in your child’s educational foundation and look forward to meeting your little one soon!