The curriculum encourages the children to learn new approaches to problem solving, to expand his or her creativity in, language, art and music and to become aware of his or her place in God’s world. Activities are planned so that readiness skills are integrated into the program in a non-pressured manner. A typical day would include center time with a creative art activity, class discussion time, snack, music, chapel, large muscle play (on the outdoor playground OR in a large indoor multipurpose room) and story time. Language development through speaking, listening, dictating and storytelling is an important part of the program.
The Creative Curriculum is implemented in all Classes. The Creative Curriculum is the state of NJ's preferred curriculum preparing children for kindergarten in the upcoming years. While the curriculum is carefully planned, the daily activities are scheduled to meet the children’s needs.
Union County Educational Services Commission
Kindergarten students are provided with special services such as testing, speech, occupational therapy, remedial programs, etc. through the Commission at no cost to parents.
Kindergarten at Little Lambs provides a comprehensive curriculum that utilizes Fundations (Wilson Language Basics), Lucy Calkins (Reader's and Writer's Workshop), Everyday Math and the Creative Curriculum. We are in alignment with the Westfield School District for seamless integration into public schools. They receive varied readiness experiences including language arts, math, the sciences, art, music, and physical education. Full-day Kindergarten students are offered all enrichment class opportunities in addition to the regular curriculum above.
Children in the 2 ½ year-old program must be 2 years old by April 1st . When they turn 3 years-old, they may participate in the Lunch Bunch and aftercare programs.
Little Lambs is concerned that children develop a positive attitude in their learning experience. In some cases, children are not ready for school developmentally even though they are the proper age to begin school. The school reserves the right to screen any child for eligibility and to offer placement in the class they deem most appropriate.