Our #1 goal is to get children excited about learning while preparing them to be successful in Kindergarten. To measure our children progress we have tailored
Newport News public school system's yearly calendar to mimic four 9 weeks where we break down our curriculum books over a year time so that our children can master the standards and goals set within each curriculum book. Every four and a half weeks we send home progress reports and after every nine weeks
we send home report cards. We also give a Pre/Post test on
children ages two and up that allows parents to see progression
. from the first half of the year to the second half of the year. We also utilize the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional System (ASQ:SE)
system, which we adopted to assist with monitoring and identifying children
ages 3 months to 5 1/2 years of age the need for further social-emotional behavioral
assessment in children. We tie all measurement instruments to each researched
The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies
is a research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. It is designed to help WE LOVE KIDS educators at all levels of
experience plan and implement an individualized
developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for our infants with diverse milestones and skill levels.
The Milestones of Child Development
is Virginia's Alignment Project and we use this research guide to aid in developmentally appropriate lesson plans for our Toddlers, Preschool Readiness Enrichment Programs
and our Preschool classroom. The Milestones of Child Development
promotes optimal learning through all aspects of a child's development (i.e., social and emotional, approaches to learning, language
and literacy, cognitive, and physical) are inextricably interrelated and nurtured through a combination of active exploration, play, social interaction, and thoughtfully planned activities that capitalize on children's natural tendency to seek ever higher levels of challenge to master.
WE LOVE KIDS Pre-K program utilizes Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning
as our standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and the visual arts, with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are
derived from scientifically-based research. The standards reflect a consensus of children's conceptual learning, acquisition of basic knowledge, and participation in meaningful and relevant learning experiences. The standards are aligned with Virginia's Kindergarten Standards of Learning (SOL) and Virginia's Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).