Based on five components – literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts — the curriculum guides children's experiences in an environment that is most conducive to their development and learning. The curriculum is linked to a valid and reliable assessment instrument designed to assess the child’s progress and development and guide program planning. At Whiz Kidz, teachers and families will serve as partners in the assessment and reflection of each child’s development and growth.
Accordingly, all classrooms at Whiz Kidz are designed by utilizing centers (interest areas) that address at least one developmental area. These centers include dramatic play (including full kitchen sets and dress up closets), technology, arts and crafts (easels, paints, craft supplies), building blocks (allows for construction and destruction), quiet time reading (books and a quiet reading area), science and math, carpet and table games. Children are given blocks of free-choice time to work throughout the classroom as well as teacher guided activity time. A large emphasis of our program is on early literacy. All of the centers are print rich and give ample opportunities for children to journal about their play or to read. We believe that it is critical to instill a love of reading in our children at a very early age and children at Whiz Kidz are read to from infancy to preK.
The Preschool rooms, designed for children ages 3-4 years, provide a more structured space to allow for an easy transition. The Preschool rooms are organized around centers (interest/learning areas) including art, dramatic play, story time, building and blocks, sensory-motor and fine motor development.
The learning environment is critical to supporting children’s developmental needs and growth. Each room is set up according to 7 interest areas – blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement. These 7 areas are organized around the 5 learning components in which children are developed and assessed — literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts.