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Curriculum & Assessments

Curriculum & Assessments

Walnut Creek Academy's whole-child philosophy fosters academic, social and emotional development at an age-appropriate pace specific to each child in our care. Our curriculum is consistently updated to ensure we maintain the highest quality education.

Infants (6 weeks to 12 months)

We welcome baby's starting at 6 weeks of age. Our infants are precious and we have designed a nurturing, creative world for infants to explore their surroundings and help their minds and bodies develop. Babies are held during feedings, rocked to feel loved and spend time on their tummies to discover the world around them. Music is also very important at this age, so we play soothing music for nap time along with familiar tunes that they learn to recognize at other times throughout their day. Sign Language is also introduced as a way to communicate before they have developed their language skills.

Our rooms are designed to make babies and parents feel safe, secure, and happy. Each infant has their own personal crib and plenty of hugs, love and personal attention. Our teachers will guide your baby through a world of language, by using sounds, songs, gestures, and words. We know it can be difficult to leave your infant in someone else's care and feel confident that they will get the same love and care that you give, but rest assured, our infant teachers will build a bond with you and your baby that will put your mind at ease. We provide parents with daily "Small Talk" reports on feedings, diapering, and napping. All our teachers are certified in First Aid/CPR and many hours of continued education yearly to ensure your child's well- being.

Our Infant Program includes:

  • A nurturing environment that focuses on love and trust.
  • Baby Sign language to increase early communication skills & reduce frustration levels for infant and toddlers
  • Daily activities that are designed to support physical development

Below are some of the basic milestones we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Raises head and chest when laying on stomach (3 mo.)
  • Pulls to sitting with no head lag (5 mo.)
  • Transfers objects from hand to hand (6-7 mo.)
  • Gets to sitting position without assistance (8-10 mo.)
  • Crawls forward on belly (8-10 mo.)
  • Gets from sitting to crawling or prone position (10-12 mo.)
  • May walk two or three steps without support

Visual

  • Watches face intently (2-3 mo.)
  • Follows moving objects (2 mo.)
  • Tracks moving objects with ease (4-7 mo.)
  • Grasps objects dangling in front of him (5-6 mo.)
  • Looks for fallen toys (5-7 mo.)

Language

  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice (4-7 mo.)
  • Responds to sound by making sounds (4-6 mo.)
  • Syllable repetition begins (5-7 mo.)
  • Responds to simple verbal requests (4-6 mo.)
  • Makes simple gestures such as shaking head for no (8-10 mo.)
  • Babbles "dada" and "mama" (8-10 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Finds partially hidden objects (6-7 mo.)
  • Explores objects in many different ways (8-10 mo.)
  • Finds hidden objects easily (10-12 mo.)
  • Imitates gestures (9-12 mo.)

Hearing and Speech

  • Smiles at the sound of voice (2-3 mo.)
  • Cooing noises and vocal play (3 mo.)
  • Responds to sound (1-3 mo.)
  • Startles to loud noise (1-3 mo.)

Social/Emotional

  • Begins to develop a social smile (1-3 mo.)
  • Enjoys playing and may cry when playing stops (2-3 mo.)
  • Interested in mirror images (5-7 mo.)
  • Shy or anxious with strangers (8-12 mo.)
  • Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys (8-12 mo.)



12-18months

At this age, toddlers are on the move. They are crawling, walking, talking, and able to explore the world around them. WCA's program provides hands on activities to allow them to explore, inquire, and discover solutions. Our program allows them to build on previous knowledge and experience new challenges with age appropriate activities to improve coordination, increase verbal skills and learn to problem solve. In addition, our classroom introduces children to dramatic play, creative arts, language development, and sensory exploration. We also focus on the development of self- confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. We give our children plenty of opportunity to explore and play in a safe, secure, yet stimulating environment. Our weekly lesson plans encourage participation and fun. In addition, our teachers get to know each child to learn his or her strengths and needs. They use this knowledge to choose the age-appropriate, engaging activities, and experiences that will start toddlers on the path to lifelong learning. A daily report is given to update you on curriculum, meal time, nap time, toilet training, and other daily activities. Our goal is to give your toddler a balance of nurture, play, and learning throughout their day.

Our toddler curriculum includes:

  • Our Creative Curriculum toddler program is our foundation for our classroom environment and lesson plan activities. The interactive learning games successfully promote early childhood learning through play and intentional teaching moments through daily activities.
  • Our baby sign language program, where teachers encourage building the children's vocabulary while using their sign language skills.

Below are some of the basic milestones we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Walks alone (12-26 mo.)
  • Pulls toys behind him while walking (13-16 mo.)
  • Carries large toys or several toys while walking (12-15 mo.)
  • Begins to run stiffly (16-18 mo.)
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported (16-24 mo.)
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on to support (18-24 mo.)

Hand and Finger Skills

  • Scribbles spontaneously (14-16 mo.)
  • Turns over container to pour out contents (12-18 mo.)
  • Building tower of four blocks or more (20-24 mo.)

Language

  • Points to object or picture when it is named for him (18-24 mo.)
  • Recognizes names of people/objects/body parts (18-24 mo.)
  • Says several single words (15-18 mo.)
  • Uses two word sentences (18-24 mo.)
  • Follows simple one-step instructions (14-18 mo.)
  • Repeats words overheard in conversations (16-18 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors (20-24 mo.)
  • Begins make-believe play (20-24 mo.)
  • Imitates behavior of others (18-24 mo.)
  • Increasingly enthusiastic about other children (20-24 mo.)
  • Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mo.)
  • Begins to show defiant behavior (18-24 mo.)



18 – 24 months

At this age, children are making strides verbally and socially. They begin to test their independence, influence and control. Our program allows them to explore, engage and enjoy their independence they crave. We provide nurture and guidance with age appropriate activities to improve coordination, increase verbal skills, and problem solve. In addition, our classroom introduces children to dramatic play, creative arts, language development, and sensory exploration. We also focus on the development of self confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. We give our children plenty of opportunity to explore and play in a safe, secure, yet stimulating environment. Our weekly lesson plans encourage participation and fun. In addition, our teachers get to know each child to learn his or her strengths and needs. They use this knowledge to choose the age-appropriate, engaging, activities and experiences that will start toddlers on the path to lifelong learning. A daily report is given to update you on curriculum, meal time, nap time, toilet training, and other daily activities. Our goal is to give your toddler a balance of nurture, play, and learning throughout their day.

Our toddler curriculum includes:

  • Our Creative Curriculum toddler program is our foundation for our classroom environment and lesson plan activities. The interactive learning games successfully promote early childhood learning through play and intentional teaching moments through daily activities.
  • Our baby sign language program, where teachers encourage building the children's vocabulary while using their sign language skills.
  • At this stage we also begin to incorporate our bible curriculum The Gospel Project with interactive Worship songs, weekly bible stories, and hands-on activities.

Below are some of the basic milestones we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Begins to run stiffly (16-18 mo.) Walks into ball (18-24 mo.)
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported (16-24 mo.)
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on to support (18-24 mo.)

Hand and Finger Skills

  • Scribbles spontaneously (14-16 mo.)
  • Turns over container to pour out contents (12-18 mo.)
  • Building tower of four blocks or more (20-24 mo.)

Language

  • Points to object or picture when it is named for him (18-24 mo.)
  • Recognizes names of people/objects/body parts (18-24 mo.)
  • Says several single words (15-18 mo.)
  • Uses two word sentences (18-24 mo.)
  • Follows simple one-step instructions (14-18 mo.)
  • Repeats words overheard in conversations (16-18 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors (20-24 mo.)
  • Begins make-believe play (20-24 mo.)
  • Imitates behavior of others (18-24 mo.)
  • Increasingly enthusiastic about other children (20-24 mo.)
  • Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mo.)
  • Begins to show defiant behavior (18-24 mo.)



Two Year Olds

At this age, children are Imagineers. They are filled with energy, independence, and curiosity about the world. Their language skills have increased and their vocabulary continues to grow dramatically. They are undergoing rapid development in many areas, and eager for attention to help them learn and understand basic things about the world around them. Our program emphasizes on language development to help children to strengthen and increase vocabularies and develop character. Children will have group activities to complement your child's developmental growth, by practicing social skills, such as cooperation, sharing, and taking turns. Our classrooms focus on dramatic play, creative arts, language development, and sensory exploration. Daily activities include, pretend play, learning games, and hands-on activities in both large and small group activities. Our teachers will work to foster your child's independence, self-esteem, and sense of accomplishment. We give them the tools and guidance to explore and learn within a comfortable, secure environment. Daily reports will keep you updated on your child's progress.

The Two year old Curriculum Includes:

  • The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, Creative Curriculum enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. In addition, Creative Curriculum lessons offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner and addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • Our bible Curriculum The Gospel Project, focuses on a weekly bible story with hands-on activities and interactive worship songs introducing children to the gospel.

Below are some of the basic milestones we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Climbs well (24-30 mo.)
  • Walks up stairs alternating feet with support (24-30 mo.)
  • Runs easily (24-26 mo.)
  • Pedals tricycle (30-36 mo.)
  • Bends over easily without falling (24-30 mo.)

Social/Emotional

  • Separates easily from parents (by 36 mo.)
  • Expresses a wide range of emotions (24-36 mo.)
  • Objects to major changes in routine (24-36 mo.)

Hand and Finger Skills

  • Makes vertical, horizontal and circular strokes (30-36 mo.)
  • Turns book pages one at a time (24-30 mo.)
  • Builds a tower of more than 6 blocks (24-30 mo.)
  • Holds a pencil in writing position (30-36 mo.)
  • Screws and unscrews jar lids, nuts and bolts (24-30 mo.)

Language

  • Recognizes and identifies almost all common objects (26-32 mo.)
  • Understands most sentences (24-40 mo.)
  • Can say name, age and sex (30-36 mo.)
  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, they) (24-30 mo.)
  • Strangers can understand most of his/her words (30-36 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Plays make believe with dolls, animals and people (24-36 mo.)
  • Sorts objects by color (30-36 mo.)
  • Completes puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces (24-36 mo.)
  • Understands concept of "two" (26-32 mo.)

At WCA Learning Center we believe it is important to involve our families in their child's education. The early years are the most critical and impressionable time in a child's life. It is important to ensure the experiences during this time have a positive lasting impression on both the child and family. Our programs are designed to promote creativity and learning with enthusiasm and encouragement. Our goal is to provide families and children with tools they need to make this time of their life memorable and meaningful. Below is a brief description of our curriculum

The Creative Curriculum ® for Preschool

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning curriculum for preschool success. Comprising The Foundation, five research-based volumes that provide the knowledge base of the curriculum, and the Daily Resources, which offer step-by-step guidance in the form of Teaching Guides and additional daily teaching tools, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and state early learning standards.

Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool

  • is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for every state.
  • presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the "what," "why" and "how" of early childhood education.
  • offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
  • addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers' knowledge about best practices.
  • contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.

The following link discusses the objectives that Creative Curriculum help children meet:

http://shop.teachingstrategies.com/content/pageDocs/Head-Start-ODL-Volume-5-Alignment-2011.pdf

Creative curriculum focuses on children's discovery. We believe that all children are unique and no two children learn in the same way. Therefore our studies are child directed allowing the children to focus on all of the intricate nuances of children, such as their creativity, their imagination, and their curiosity, while continuing to emphasize each child's individuality in those areas.

Our studies are merely possibilities. as we follow the leading and interests of the children. We believe they are the experts in discovering themselves.

The studies are venues for furthering development. While the children may be engrossed in the caterpillar we found on the tree, we know that they are also gaining new vocabulary, discovering standards of measurement, classifying objects, and practicing social skills.

Spanish

As a parent, you want the best for your child-the right schools, the right friends, the best education money can buy- every advantage life has to offer. Did you know that competency in a second language gives kids a competitive edge, not only now but throughout the rest of their lives? We offer children the opportunity to learn Spanish through age appropriate activities. Children's brains are like sponges, their learning potential is endless. We teach children common Spanish vocabulary such as colors, foods, body parts, etc. Your child will be well on its way to beginning a wonderful bilingual journey!

Baby Sign Language

We teach sign language as early as 6 months of age. As a little one begins to realize that sign language associations result in needs being met baby begins to form a deeper bond with the parent or caregiver as she or he satisfies those needs. This very important bond is particularly beautiful when the child's needs are addressed quickly reinforcing the value of communication. By providing your baby or toddler with a tool to identify objects and emotions even before they develop verbal skills your little one will be able to make connections and associations that will set the stage for better learning processes.

Bible Curriculum:

The Gospel Project
A Christ-centered bible study that follows a 3-year chronological timeline of biblical events.

  • Helps children understand the timeline of the over-arching Bible story
  • Teaches children how each passage they study connects with the gospel
  • Utilizes creative teaching elements (Bible story videos and apps)
  • Immerse children in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation
  • Provide a deeper Bible study experience

WCA Lower School provides excellent academics in an environment where students are loved. Walnut Creek Academy in Mansfield, TX is dedicated to providing our students with an atmosphere that embraces proper understanding of the world and God's teachings, starting at an elementary school level.

We believe that curriculum is living, meaning that we hire quality teachers who utilize more than just a textbook to teach. A Biblical Worldview, God's plan and purpose, is woven throughout the curriculum.

Classroom curriculum includes phonics-based literacy, mathematics, science, history, and Bible. Students also have the opportunity to grow by participating in enrichment classes that include Spanish, technology, music, art, and physical education.

Lower School meets weekly for age appropriate chapel services. Student worship is a blend of praise songs and hymns, followed by a Bible story that relates to a monthly character quality. Students learn to apply Godly character traits to their own lives through relevant and exciting stories and activities.

We also believe in celebrating our students and their accomplishments. In a monthly Student Spotlight Assembly, teachers recommend students for recognition based on achievement in a variety of categories. Student birthdays are celebrated and friendly competitions are held, making for a fun break from the rigorous academic day.

Partnering with our WCA families is important to the success of our learning community. We recognize that Walnut Creek Academy's Lower School is the foundation for preparing our students for Intermediate School, Upper School, college, and for life.

Get your child started off on the right foot with a proper private school education. Schedule a tour with us today to find out how we can help your child grow and learn the ways of Christ.

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Before/After School and summer camp

Imagine Nation knows that many family's schedules make after school programs essential during the school year and during school holidays. Our program offers a safe environment for additional homework/study time so kids can spend more quality time with their families at home. We provide daily hands-on activities and a place where your child can spend time with their friends.

Our before and after school program offers the school-age child a welcomed break from the structured academic learning to free choice learning areas that further enhance a child's creativity, problem-solving, and decision making skills.

By daily parent interaction, our teachers can determine what each child requires after school. Such as, if a child needs more help in order to complete homework assignments, or needs tutoring in certain areas. This also is a good time to let the children learn more about computers, which are available at the center. We recognize that after a busy day at school, children need time to play. Supervised playground times are given to our students so they have the chance to release some energy and enjoy the outdoors.

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