Those children who arrive at school lacking relevant experience and vocabulary — they see not, neither do they understand. They fall further and further behind.
A good, academically focused preschool program can overcome the egregious academic differences that currently develop between social classes in American schools.
— E. D. Hirsch, The Schools We Need

THE CORE KNOWLEDGE SEQUENCE OF LEARNING

We’ve chosen to adopt the Core Knowledge curriculum. Core Knowledge education is a highly hands-on approach to learning, and encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. At Tater Tots, children choose among the sections of a well-structured and well-equipped classroom including Practical Life (fine and gross motor skill development), Sensorial (sensory and brain development), Language, Math, Geography, Science and Art.

 

Core Knowledge Structure at a glance

Movement and Coordination

  1. Physical Attention and Relaxation
  2. Gross Motor Skills
  3. Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination
  4. Group Games
  5. Creative Movement and Expression

Autonomy and Social Skills

  1. Sense of Self and Personal Responsibility
  2. Working in a Group Setting

Work Habits

  1. Memory Skills
  2. Following Directions
  3. Task Persistence and Completion

Language

  1. Oral Language
  2. Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs
  3. Children’s Literature; Read Alouds
  4. Emerging Literacy Skills

Mathematics

  1. Patterns and Classification
  2. Geometry
  3. Measurement
  4. Numbers and Number Sense
  5. Addition & Subtraction
  6. Money

Orientation in Time

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Measures of Time
  3. Passage of Time (Past, Present, and Future)

Orientation in Space

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Actual and Represented Space
  3. Simple Maps
  4. Basic Geographical Concepts

Science

  1. Human Characteristics, Needs and Development
  2. Animal Characteristics, Needs and Development
  3. Plant Characteristics, Needs and Development
  4. Physical Elements (Water, Air, Light)
  5. Tools

Music

  1. Attention to Differences in Sound
  2. Imitate and Produce Sounds
  3. Listen and Sing
  4. Listen and Move

Visual Arts

  1. Attention to Visual Detail
  2. Creating Art
  3. Looking at & Talking about Art