Academics & Curriculum
Academically Challenging Curriculum
The Early Bird Learning Center provides an academically challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students. Children are encouraged to explore and think for themselves. The curriculum helps children thrive and grow by leveraging their natural desire to learn about their surrounding environment.
The program is geared to the mastery of language arts and mathematical skills and encourages individual creative expression. The utilized curriculum is aligned with the Missouri Early Learning Standards and is designed to offer student’s rich, varied experiences with language and math. Facilitators use a thematic approach to learning which gives students an understanding of the relationship between disciplines.
Scientific and artistic exploration as well as physical activity are important parts of the program. Through outdoor play, science experiments/projects, and field trips, the children discover the wonders of the world around them. Students visit the wider community on field trips and for learning projects.
Early Bird Learning Center- Scope & Sequence
Learning Standards- Missouri Early Learning Standards
-Starfall: Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
-Little Pim Spanish Lessons
-Lexia Reading Core5
The SMART interactive whiteboard, computers (MacBooks) and tablets (iPads) are used to enhance the teaching and learning of many subjects.
All disciplines are tied together in complementary ways. Toys and other developmentally appropriate learning materials are laid out in the classroom so a child can see what his or her choices are and then pick a task ("work") according to his or her interests. Work options include books, puzzles, games, art projects, toys that test spatial relations, and more.
Children learn about numbers and geometry through a variety of techniques (ex. hands-on techniques using concrete materials).
Language Arts & Reading
Language arts occur within the daily activities of the classroom as children build writing skills, listening skills, phonemic awareness, and oral language. Children are encouraged to express themselves verbally. They are taught to trace and recognize letters as a precursor to learning reading, spelling, grammar, and handwriting skills.
Exercises make sure children use all five senses to learn. For example, a child studying about fall, gathers leaves and feels how brittle they are.
Children learn how to put on their coats, prepare their own drinks, and clean up after themselves.
The program emphasizes the importance and connection of all living things.
Community & World
The program emphasizes the need for each person to find meaningful work and his or her own place in the world. Children learn about other cultures, languages, and countries and visit the wider community.
Early Advantage Spanish Language Lessons
The Early Bird Learning Center believes that learning languages sets the foundation for a whole world of exciting opportunities for a child. In today's increasingly global world, learning a second language gives a child advantages in their school years and beyond. Early language learning has been tied to higher test scores, better and more advanced reading skills, greater confidence and more. A second language builds a bridge to another culture and opens the door to new friendships. With the Little Pim Spanish program and MUZZY Early Advantage Spanish program, the Early Bird Learning Center provides language and culture lessons.
Little Pim is an engaging language program for children through the age of six. Using the Entertainment Immersion Method, the program integrates live-action and high-quality animations to create an outstanding immersion language experience for children. It is supplemented by companion apps, lively music, and beautifully illustrated books and flashcards. The Entertainment Immersion Method is based on how children naturally acquire language.
MUZZY is an early learning language program that follows national foreign language standards which emphasize the use of functional language, repetition and "spiraling." In MUZZY, words and concepts are first introduced, and then introduced again and again in many new contexts. The program employs a natural immersion approach and utilizes a multi-sensory teaching technique. It surrounds our learners with visual, aural and contextual language.
The Early Bird Learning Center is an institution that welcomes and encourages diversity in its population and program. We feel that providing a multicultural and diverse environment is best met by enrolling children from different ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic levels, and a variety of ages (3-5). The Early Bird Learning Center welcomes families regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Wide Range of Cultures
Our appreciation of diversity is immersed in anti-bias curriculum, daily planning, issues addressed, tolerance, class meetings, and involving families to share and celebrate their cultures.
Children learn about a variety of cultural subjects (ex. other countries (geography), animals (zoology), time, history, music, movement, science, and art).
We incorporate multicultural materials when appropriate, within the curriculum, so it fits in naturally with what we are doing rather than standing out as "different." The natural and timely inclusion of multicultural materials (dolls, books, posters, clothes, food) and activities (daily discussions, experiences, Spanish culture and language lessons) provide children with a multicultural, anti-bias perspective and countless meaningful and realistic experiences.