Curriculum Overview

Language and Literacy

Language helps children to unlock the code of printed symbols and to begin to use letters and words to express their thoughts and experiences. Our teachers build on each child's abilities and interests and help to establish a positive foundation for speaking, listening, reading and writing. Vocabulary is introduced and expanded daily, which, along with listening, helps to build the foundation for reading and writing.

Mathematics

Children acquire math concepts and skills through both child-initiated and teacher-initiated learning experiences. Concrete materials are carefully chosen and arranged to teach math concepts, so that through play, clean-up, lunch and snacks, etc., as well as through teacher-directed activities, children develop the ability to classify, sort, count, compare and match using one-to-one correspondence.

Social Studies

Social Studies allows children to first focus on themselves. "Who am I" is our first theme each school year. Social Studies allows children to become familiar with their world by assimilating new experiences into their lives. The primary goal of social studies is to build each child's positive self-image and help children learn what is unique and special about themselves, what they share in common and how to function as a part of a group. They learn about their family and culture. They also learn about other people in their communities and world. Children learn through play and discoveries. These concepts are supported through field trips, visitors and special activities. Children also explore a variety of cultures and celebrate numerous holidays and customs.

Science

Young children learn science by exploring the world around them. The science segment of the curriculum encourages exploring, collecting, questioning and discovering. Children learn to see science as part of their daily lives. They investigate a variety of topics. Through exploration of materials, they learn about taste, smell, feel, weight, sounds, shapes, sizes, colors, temperatures, etc. They explore how things move and change forms. They learn about living things and what they need. Children explore ideas and things in their immediate environments. Through learning centers, field trips, nature walks, demonstrations and cooking, science is made real in children's lives.

Creative Arts

In the Art area, children are able to explore materials and create and present their ideas in a visual form. They are encouraged to enjoy the process! The final product is not the focus of the activity. Children will explore a variety of art mediums: drawing, painting, printing, play dough modeling, etc. Children will also learn many songs, chants and rhythms. They will move their bodies, explore instruments, listen to directions and dance. They will be exposed to a variety of music types. Music also involves creative movement activities and students make up motions to express their ideas and feelings.

Class Sizes and Adult/Child Ratios

BCCDC maintains strict maximum class sizes and child/teacher ratios that meet NAEYC accreditation standards and exceed South Carolina DSS regulations. These are:

Classroom

Ratio

No. of Children

Infant – not walking (6 weeks to 12 months)

1:4

8

Infant – crawling (6 months to 12 months)

1:4

8

Toddler (13 months to 23 months)

1:4

8

Two years old - not potty-trained (24 months)

1:4

8

Two and one-half years old – partially potty trained or potty trained (30 months)

1:6

12

Three years old (36 months to 47 months)

1:10

20

Four years old (48 months to 59 months)

Five years old

1:10

20