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First Beginnings Program
A brief overview and summary of the Meadows Academy First Beginnings Program is presented below.
This program is meant for children who are 2 to younger 3 on their first day of enrollment at Meadows Academy, and they do not turn 4 within the school year.
Primary Core Virtue
Specific Learning Outcomes
Goals include the following:
• Learn childrenʼs bible stories and songs.
• Respect classmates and adults by greeting them “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon”.
• Learning to share with classmates.
• Start to sing the names of the letters of the alphabet and foster letter awareness by playing alphabet games.
• Begin to rote count from numbers 0 to 5.
Sample Classroom Experiences
Specific experiences include the following:
• Learn the virtue of politeness, such as “please” and “thank you” by copying the actions and voices of teachers.
• Build vocabulary through role-playing at the dramatic play area.
• Act out bible stories and encourage toddlers to ask questions out loud and volunteer possible answers.
• Encourage artistic talents and creativity during artwork activities and through songs at circle time.
What Children Do at the Toddler Stage (24-36 Months)
Typical behavior and development include the following:
• Toddlers learn by doing things themselves and by observing how other children figure things out.
• Toddlers are quickly growing in their ability to move their bodies with well coordination.
• Language development grows fast and they can start counting from 0 to 5.
• They begin to show interest in being close to other children.
• They discover how exciting it is to play make-believe with their imagination.
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