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Curriculum

At Anchor Point Early Learning Academy, we provide a center-based curriculum that allows children to learn through play, with each center designed to meet the developmental domains according to Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards.

Classroom Centers

  • Block Area
  • Art Area
  • Sensory Exploration
  • Dramatic Play
  • Library / Literacy Center
  • Writing
  • Discover or Hands on Area

Theme(s)

  • Color
  • Shape
  • Virtue(s)
  • Writing/Literacy
  • Math

Our curriculum places an emphasis on early introductions to math and literacy skills. Using the best practices and pedagogy of other models, we have created a custom curriculum that is both unified and appropriately tailored to ensure the success of each child. Exposure to these concepts begins in the preschool classroom, with a more in-depth approach in the Pre-kindergarten program.

To foster early literacy skills, children participate in the Handwriting Without Tears program. This early writing curriculum encourages children through a multi-sensory approach.

The curriculum addresses multiple developmental areas of learning including: 

  • Readiness
  • Drawing
  • Alphabet Knowledge
  • Color Recognition
  • Early Writing Skills
  • Early Math Skills

In our early math program, children can expect to: 

  • Engage with developmental math standards for Kindergarten
  • Participate in hands-on activities to encourage critical thinking
  • Gain independence and confidence to facilitate their own learning
  • Feel included and involved through a center-based format 
  • Collaborate with peers

Our Programs

Infant Program 

(6 weeks to 18 months)

Available at our East Greenwich location only.

At birth, infants are equipped with the skills to engage in social interactions, communicate, remember, and interact with their environment. In our Infant program, our caring staff focuses on introducing early learning experiences through each interaction in order to support these areas of development. 

We strive to maintain consistency and adhere to the schedule you provide to replicate their at-home daily routine. Our infant classroom includes exploring experiences through sensory toys, water play, and outside engagement. We will also promote language by talking and singing throughout the day.

Our infant program is split into two separate classrooms, which allows our teachers to support each child in every stage of development. Our infant program follows a combination of the Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards (RIELDS) and the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines. We believe that using a combination of both early learning standards helps to support all areas of development from the start of birth.

Infant One

(6 weeks to 12 months)

Learning begins at birth. Children are born with the incredible innate ability to observe and react to their environment. During the first year of life, we feel it is important to not only give infants opportunities to feel safe and loved, but also create opportunities for them to be curious, adventurous, and comfortable while in our care. We believe that building a strong foundation for early learning experiences will help engage children in future educational success.

Infant Two

(12 months to 18 months)

Your little one is on the move! For some children that means scooting themselves across the floor and for others it means walking from room to room. Infants at this stage love to clap and move their bodies with their friends and teachers, especially during simple songs, and they may use simple sign language. As these infants become older, we begin to see them exploring small spaces and attempting to place their tiny fingers into small openings that may include toy cars or other fine motor objects.

Toddlers

(18 months to 3 years)

Toddlers are learning about the world around them while discovering and exploring their identity and independence.

In this classroom, we focus on individual growth, initiative, and encourage self-help skills. Children will play and explore within the classroom and in our outdoor spaces, too.

Preschool

(3 years to 4 years)

This is the age of questions! Children in preschool will ask hundreds of questions each and every day. Our goal is to answer them all while fostering opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking.

Preschool is also about learning to filter emotions and impulses in a way that is appropriate. We are committed to adapting to each child’s specific learning style while encouraging their natural curiosity and love for learning.

Pre-Kindergarten

(4 years to 5 years)

Your child is almost ready for kindergarten! Children use language to learn and will engage in more collaboration within a group, learn how to problem solve, and be a responsive listener.

We feel it is important to put an emphasis on emotional and academic reading so that your child is ready for this big transition. Through teacher-directed and independent activities in both whole and small groups, we will provide opportunities for investigation, exploration, and discovery throughout the day.