Curriculum

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At Riverdale & Kingsbridge Montessori Schools we use the Montessori Method combined with the Creative Curriculum Approach by Dodge, Colker & Heroman, all in conjunction with the New York State Common Core State Standards.  For more information, please see the links below:

New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

All About Pre-K for All

The Creative Curriculum Approach

The American Montessori Society

School Readiness Goals

Our school readiness goals are directly aligned with the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core State.  We use the school readiness goals as a framework for all prekindergarten children, but also to bridge the gap between the learning expectations of children aged two through five and the standards of those attending grades K-12 in public schools. Our school readiness goals are as follows:

I) Approaches to Learning

  1. Engagement
    1. Actively and confidently engages in play as a means of exploration and                learning
  2. Creativity and imagination
    1. Approaches tasks, activities and programs with creativity, imagination and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities
  3. Curiosity and Initiative
    1. Exhibits curiosity, interest, and willingness in learning new things and having new experiences
  4. Persistence
    1. Demonstrates persistence

II) Physical Development and Health

  1. Physical Development
    1. Demonstrates coordination and control of large muscles
    2. Demonstrates eye-hand coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects
  2. Health and Well Being
    1. Demonstrates personal care and hygiene skills
  3. Health and Safety
    1. Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules

III) Social and Emotional Development

  1. Self-Regulation
    1. Regulates his/her responses to needs, feelings and events
  2. Relationships with Others
    1. Demonstrates and continues to develop positive relationships with significant adults (primary caregivers, teachers and other familiar adults)
    2. Develops positive relationships with peers

IV) Communication, Language and Literacy

  1. Motivation
    1. Demonstrates they are motivated to communicate  
  2. Viewing
    1. Demonstrates he/she understands what he/she observes
  3. Fluency
    1. Displays emergent reading behaviors with purpose and understanding (i.e. pretend reading)

V) Cognition and Knowledge of the World

  1. Geometry
    1. Identifies and describes shapes (squares, circles, triangles and rectangles)
  2. Scientific Thinking
    1. Asks questions and makes predictions based on observation and manipulation of things and events in the environment  
  3. Visual Arts
    1. Expresses oneself and represents what he/she knows, thinks, believes and feels through visual arts