Curriculums and Programs

Our exclusive Learning Adventures by Ladybird ™ curriculum is a one of a kind all around learning experience specifically designed for every developmental stage of education with theme based units, specific learning activities, enrichment lessons and fun, engaging lesson plans. Learning Adventures by Ladybird ™ encompasses core academic subjects from math, reading, writing, foreign languages and information technology to other key academic components such as arts and crafts, music, dramatic play and physical activities.

 

Core Curriculum Overview

Abeka

The A Beka curriculum provides our students with the foundation of knowledge required to be successful in school. The A Beka curriculum is a teacher directed curriculum which focuses on the academic, cognitive, intellectual, social and language development of each individual child. Children will complete a series of lesson specific worksheets and projects which help to develop concepts and fine motor skills. Our Preschool students will learn letter recognition, sounds and formation, number concepts and recognition and basic colors and shapes. Our Pre-Kindergarten students will learn short and long vowels and sounds, vowel and consonant blends, proper letter formation, leading on to reading and journal writing.

Infant and Toddler Innovations

The Innovations series is a complete, interactive curriculum for infants and toddlers. In addition to the wealth of activities, each book includes these critical components: applying child development theory to everyday experiences; using assessment to meet individual developmental needs; using the physical environment as a learning tool; developing a partner relationship with parents; fostering an interactive climate in the classroom; and educating parents. Infants and Toddlers will experience developmentally age-appropriate sensory and explorative activities, create art and craft projects, experience science, math & manipulative and dramatic play possibilities throughout each day. In addition, Ladybird Academy also includes introduction to letters, numbers, shapes and colors to set a foundation for the preschool years and beyond.

Infant & Young Toddler Sign Language

Our students in Infants and Roly Polys engage in Infant Sign Language throughout each day. All Ladybird Academy employees are trained to teach sign language to infants and young toddlers. They will learn signs pertaining to everyday experiences which will enable them to communicate their needs. This will limit infant and toddler frustration when communication through language is not yet developed.

Pre-Kindergarten “Learn Everyday Preschool Curriculum”

The LEPC curriculum comes in two volumes that cover 36 units in which each unit consist of five lessons. The children will be introduced to great songs, chants and opportunities to learn through our all time favorite literatures, along with being offered opportunities to learn through large, small and individual settings. Another great aspect of this curriculum is that there are special tips in each unit to help teachers with setting goals, special need adaptations and teacher resource lists, along with ideas for extending learning activities.

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

A child’s interests can lead to discovery, exploration and understanding of the world around them. That’s why our first class comprehensive learning approach based around the STEAM learning model integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math throughout the day to make learning fun and exciting. Our dedicated STEAM enrichment rooms are the perfect environments for children to fully emmerse themselves in each of these core subjects.

Math Adventures

Saxon Math’s integrated and connected approach provides deep, long-term mastery of the content and skills called for in the Common Core State Standards. Our Pre-Kindergarten students will focus on key concepts and skills, including place value, measurement, time, money, counting from 1-100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, simple addition and subtraction, days of the week, months of the year and calendar concepts. Each Pre-K classroom is equipped with a Saxon Math board containing all necessary components for teaching the students the curriculum in its entirety. In addition, students will partake in themed hands-on lessons as well as theoretical worksheets.

Reading Adventures

Reading is an important part of both our curriculum and a child’s intellectual development. Students are exposed to a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction which are available to the children at all times. Story time is scheduled in all classrooms throughout the school day, and individual reading time is encouraged. Open-ended discussions take place during and after stories are read by teachers to students to encourage and develop understanding, concepts and vocabulary.

Engineering Adventures

Children love to explore and figure out how things work. They naturally explore like engineers, which is why STEAM activities for preschoolers is a great way to stretch their thinking skills. The engineer design process is a framework for solving problems. The steps of the framework help children create a unique solution to the problem they are trying to solve. Our engineer design process comprises of the following components, 1) Ask, 2) Imagine, 3) Plan, 4) Create, 5) Experiment, 6) Improve, 7) Share. This part of the curriculum is taught in our one of a kind onsite Discovery Lab.

Tech Adventures

Through small group instruction, children will gain knowledge and concepts of computers and technology as well as improving fine and gross motor skills. Our students age 3 and older will learn mouse control, navigation of a keyboard as well as keyboard function, how to safely turn on and off a computer and components of a computer. In addition, our students will learn how to navigate and manipulate an iPad while engaging in fun educational apps. All components are taught through a computer curriculum developed for each age group, using age appropriate computer programs.

Dramatic Adventures

All children attending Ladybird Academy have an opportunity to explore several dramatic play options. Infants and Toddlers can play dress-up in costumes representing multiple-cultures and community helpers and role play with kitchens and equipment designed specifically for their age. Preschool and Pre-K students can experience a make believe environment out of their classroom in Play Town. Play Town is equipped with everything a child could wish for during pretend play. Children develop self help skills, social skills and language development while dressing up in the life size doll house, shopping in the grocery store or creating hair styles in the hair salon.

Foreign Language Adventures

Students age 3 and older receive foreign language lessons at least twice weekly instructed by a Spanish Teacher following a Spanish Curriculum called ‘Whistlefritz’. Children learn to count from 1-30, colors, animals, days of the week, months of the year, fruits and vegetables and body parts just to name a few. Our Pre-Kindergarten students display their knowledge of Spanish during an end-of-year Graduation performance.

Physical Adventures

At Ladybird Academy we believe not only in a second to none educational curricula in the classroom but also a strong physical activity, sports and games program. Our state of the art facilities are purpose built to accommodate this. Children have regular outdoor sessions on our separate age appropriate playgrounds which include a wide range of climbing and play equipment that keep children busy and energized for hours. Basketball hoops, splash zones and even bicycle trails can be found at many of our schools (amenities vary by location). A wide array of extra curricular sports programs are also offered.

Science Adventures

At Ladybird Academy we believe not only in a second to none educational curricula in the classroom but also a strong physical activity, sports and games program. Our state of the art facilities are purpose built to accommodate this. Children have regular outdoor sessions on our separate age appropriate playgrounds which include a wide range of climbing and play equipment that keep children busy and energized for hours. Basketball hoops, splash zones and even bicycle trails can be found at many of our schools (amenities vary by location). A wide array of extra curricular sports programs are also offered.

Art Adventures

Our students engage in hands-on arts and crafts, developing masterpieces of their own using a vast variety of materials and equipment. Children use their imagination and improve fine motor development all while exploring materials and supplies of different textures, colors and shapes.