curriculum

learning experiences

Language Arts

A child learns language by listening and speaking, and he learns language by using it.

ICBB uses a whole language approach to teaching.  It focuses on using developmentally appropriate activities that integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

Literature

ICBB uses as its core “children’s literature” – a wondrous, integral, exciting, and stimulating part of the early education curriculum.  Books have a way of connecting us to others.  They put us in a different time and place.  The language of literature provides the child with vivid, imaginative, well-ordered words – words to think about, to listen to, and to try out and make her own.

 

Mathematics

ICBB makes math interesting and meaningful for children with the materials, games and activities carefully and creatively prepared by the teachers.  Major mathematical concepts introduced are one-to-one correspondence, patterns, sorting and sets, counting, number recognition, shapes, comparisons, measurement, time, money, addition, and subtraction.

 

Science

ICBB believes that Science taps into the natural curiosity children have about the world around them.  Through science, children learn to observe, question, explore, experiment, predict, and solve problems – skills they will continue to use throughout their lives.  We give children first hand experiences with the plants, animals, weather, the earth, space, ecology, human machine, and physics.  Fieldtrips and resource persons are also learning avenues used to   enhance and foster better understanding of all science concepts.

 

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts are central to ICBB’s early childhood curriculum. Through art experiences children develop small motor control, eye hand coordination, concepts about color, size, shape, forms, texture, language skills, sensory perception, independence and confidence, self expression, problem solving and decision making.  And of course aesthetics – the love of beauty in their own work and the work of others.

 

Music and Movement

At ICBB, music is not limited to a specific time, but is spontaneous and interrelated to other activities during the school day.  Music involves the whole child and contribute to children’s learning in developing listening skills and auditory awareness, accelerates speech and language development, encourages creative expression and offers a release for feelings and frustrations, to name a few.

 

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum emphasizes basic goals that encourage children to become self-reliant, contributing members of their society, for example, the family, the classroom, and the community.  These goals encourage children to make choices, act independently, and develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others.