Curriculum

Iowa Early Learning Standards for Preschool
 
Noah's Ark Preschool's curriculum and assessments are based on the Iowa Early Learning Standards for Preschool (3rd Edition).  Within these standards, there are 8 areas of learning:
 
1. Social and Emotional Development
2. Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
3. Approaches to Learning
4. Social Studies
5. Science
6. Creative Arts
7. Mathematics
8. Communication, Language, and Literacy
Colors
 
The 3-4 year olds will learn colors using the following helpful associations:
 
Clifford Red
Carrot Orange
Sunshine Yellow
Grass Green
Sky Blue
Purple Grapes
Bubblegum Pink
Nighttime Black
Snow White
Elephant Gray
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Shapes
 
The 3-4 year olds will learn shapes with the following characters and their corresponding songs:
 
Sally Circle
Olivia Oval
Sammy Square
Roger Rectangle
Tracy Triangle
Danny Diamond
Stella Star
Heather Heart
Number Recognition
 
The 3-4 year olds will learn numbers 0-10, and the 4-5 year olds will learn numbers 0-20 using the following rhymes and cues:
 
0: Superhero zero
1: Straight line down, and then you're done.  That is how you make a one.
2: Around and back on the railroad track.  Two, two!
3: Around the tree, around the tree.  That is how you make a three.
4: Knock on the door, it's number 4.
5: Stop sign 5
6: Belly button 6
7: Heaven 7
8: Snowman 8
9: Smiley face 9 OR A circle and a line makes smiley face 9.
10: Big fat hen, it's number 10.
11: One and one make 11 in the sun.
12: One and two make 12 at the zoo.  Rawr!
13: Tongue-biter
14: (usually kids get this if they cover the 1 and see the 4)
15: Lip-biter
16: (usually kids get this if they cover the 1 and see the 6)
17: (usually kids get this if they cover the 1 and see the 7)
18: (usually kids get this if they cover the 1 and see the 8)
19: (usually kids get this if they cover the 1 and see the 9)
20: Blast off!  Number 20!
Learning Without Tears
 
The 4-5 year olds will learn letter recognition and basic handwriting skills using Learning Without Tears (Get Set for School).
Learning Without Tears uses four shapes to build Mat Man.  The shapes include big line, little line, big curve, and little curve.  These shapes are also used to build all the capital letters.  Click the Mat Man Video to learn more. 
See the Sound: Visual Phonics
 
The 4-5 year olds will learn letter sounds using Visual Phonics.  Visual Phonics allows children to see, hear, and do the letter sounds, with corresponding hand shapes (signals) for each sound.  This method appeals to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners and engages multiple parts of the child's brain.  Click the Visual Phonics Video to learn more.
Alphatales: Interactive Storybooks
 
The 4-5 year olds will learn letter sounds and phonological awareness using Alphatales books.  The children will receive a book for each letter of the alphabet to read at home and to KEEP!  Click the Alphatales Video for an example of one story.
 
"Learning the ABCs is loads of fun with this totally charming collection of alliterative stories-one for each letter of the alphabet! Children will love listening to the rib-tickling adventures of Abby the Alligator, Bubble Bear, the Copycats, and more as they build all-important letter recognition skills that lay the foundation for reading success. Each book includes an irresistible story PLUS a hide-and-seek picture page and a rhyming letter poem to ensure kids get lots of practice with every letter. Includes a complete teacher's guide filled with easy lessons, teacher-tested activities, and mini-book versions of all 26 books so each child can take home their very own set. A playful way to build phonemic awareness and make sure kids really know their ABCs!"  -Scholastic
Christian Education
 
Noah's Ark Preschool is a non-denominational Christian Preschool.  Children and teachers pray several times during each preschool session.  Children in the 3-4 year old class have monthly visits from the Pastor.  Children in the 4-5 year old class visit the Pastor in the Chapel twice per month.  They hear Bible stories during these visits.  Children in the 4-5 year old class have a Bible unit on Mondays during the first semester.  We use The Beginners Bible for this unit.