The way a child gathers and processes information identifies their personal learning style. Our sensory based curriculum provides equal opportunities for all learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile. Our curriculum also is designed to identify “the different ways we are smart” known as Multiple Intelligences, to give value to each learning activity we provide. These intelligences are known as: linguistic, logical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic.
Linguistic (Language/Reading/Writing): We use engaging stories and songs to introduce the concept of patterns for sentence structure and vocabulary. We use Zoo Phonics, Wired for Reading, and Alphatales programs to teach letter recognition and sounds. Literacy concepts are taught in small and large groups in addition to one-on-one teacher led instruction to prepare children for future reading fluency.
We use a program call Handwriting Without Tears to introduce the concept that all letters and number are formed with lines and curves. Writing is built into all of our areas of study as well as our dramatic play and themed centers.
Logical (Math): Logic, reasoning and problem solving are the foundation of our math curriculum. Math concepts are taught in small and large groups in addition to one-on-one teacher led instruction.
Spatial (Visual Perception): There is no better way to engage the mind’s eye than with messy art and over-flowing science experiments! For this reason we ask that you send your child to class in play clothes.
Bodily-Kinesthetic (Gross and Small Motor): Using a hopscotch rug to teach math is an example of how our unique curriculum melds math with developing physical coordination and balance. Our sensory tables combine language activities with scoops, tweezers and tongs to build dexterity skills.
Musical: We use rhythm sticks and drums to help children process the natural flow of language and to build reading fluency. Activities that investigate the depth of tone and pitch helps children manage any sensitivities to sounds.
Interpersonal and Intrapersonal (Social/Emotional): It is important to prepare a child for engaging and positive interactions as part of a family, in the classroom and in the community. Each environment may have different expectations and require different skills. Children need to be equipped with skills of listening, communicating, conflict resolution, following directions, sharing and taking turns. Respect (I have value - you have value) and self-control are the foundation of our social curriculum.
Naturalistic (Science/Social Studies): WOW Academy strives to be at the forefront of science and STEM learning for children in our area. Our teachers have a passion for introducing advance concepts in the field of science. The scientific method of observing, asking questions, predicting, making discovery, collecting data and communicating findings is melded throughout all areas of study in our curriculum. We engage a child’s natural curiosity about the world around them to introduce them to a wide variety of people and cultures. We also teach citizenship and stewardship as a means to have a positive impact on their world.