Curriculum Themes

Our Curriculum

Abacus believes educational excellence is rooted in a systematically organized environment that offers hands-on learning experiences. Through observation and assessment, teachers will develop an educational plan based on individual strengths and challenges. We lead with an understanding that every lesson plan needs to be intentional and consistent in accomplishing significant learning milestones.

At Abacus, children are offered structured learning centers, small and large group activities, and individualized experiences on a daily basis. We have developed specific, monthly curriculum themes to cluster correlating activities and build on relating skills.

*Holiday activities will be planned and incorporated when appropriate.

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January

Activity Themes

Winter, Five Senses, Animals

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Walk along a line or beam
Creative Exploration: Textures
Fine Motor: Dressing skills (snapping, buttoning, etc.)
Language & Literacy: Ordering/ sequencing events
Math: Patterning
Science: Sink and float
Life: Following classroom routines & directions

February

Activity Themes

Famous Americans, Emotions, Dinosaurs

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Climbing
Creative Exploration: Paint exploration
Fine Motor: Lacing
Language & Literacy: Book and print orientation
Math: One to one correspondence
Science: Simple chemistry
Life: Verbally asserts needs and desires

March

Activity Themes

Transportation, Circus, Things that Fly

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Jumping, skipping and hopping
Creative Exploration: Color mixing
Fine Motor: Using two hands at once
Language & Literacy: Letter awareness
Math: Size concepts
Science: Compare/contrast
Life: Work and play cooperatively with peers

April

Activity Themes

Spring, Earth, Health and Exercise

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Throwing and catching
Creative Exploration: Assembling a collage
Fine Motor: Tearing
Language & Literacy: Listening comprehension
Math: Simple arithmetic
Science: Rocks
Life: Expresses feelings

May

Activity Themes

Plants and Flowers, Space and Stars, Books and Authors

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Walking backwards
Creative Exploration: Using glue
Fine Motor: One finger manipulation
Language & Literacy: Storytelling
Math: Money
Science: Growing
Life: Taking turns

June

Activity Themes

Summer, Bugs and Insects, Sports

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Kicking
Creative Exploration: Sculpting
Fine Motor: Pounding, rolling, and squeezing
Language & Literacy: Connecting illustrations with text
Math: Time
Science: Simple machines
Life: Coping and resilience

July

Activity Themes

Water Fun, Zoo, Ocean and Its Creatures

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Pedaling
Creative Exploration: Stamping and printing
Fine Motor: Manipulating small objects
Language & Literacy: Developing phrases and sentences
Math: Shapes
Science: Whirlpools, waterspouts and tornadoes
Life: Using materials in appropriate ways

August

Activity Themes

My Body, My Birthday, My Family

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Balancing and shifting weight
Creative Exploration: Free drawing
Fine Motor: Gripping objects
Language & Literacy: Pre-writing and writing
Math: Puzzles and spatial relations
Science: Simple biology
Life: Appropriately putting away materials

September

Activity Themes

Neighborhood and Community Service, Habitats

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Midline spatial orientation
Creative Exploration: Gooey and messy
Fine Motor: Linking
Language & Literacy: Rhymes and repetitive phrases
Math: Matching
Science: Magnets
Life: Appropriate participation in classroom activities

October

Activity Themes

Fall, Farm, Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Ball bouncing/dribbling
Creative Exploration: Cutting
Fine Motor: Using scissors
Language & Literacy: Back and forth communication
Math: Number ordinance in counting
Science: Real and imaginary
Life: Problem solving

November

Activity Themes

Giving Thanks, Nutrition and My Plate Nutrition

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Pushing and pulling
Creative Exploration: Water and color blending
Fine Motor: Hand-eye coordination
Language & Literacy: Building vocabulary
Math: Measuring
Science: Cooking
Life: Using self-help skills

December

Activity Themes

Neighborhood and Community Service, Habitats

Learning Areas and Skills

Gross Motor: Midline spatial orientation
Creative Exploration: Gooey and messy
Fine Motor: Linking
Language & Literacy: Rhymes and repetitive phrases
Math: Matching
Science: Magnets
Life: Appropriate participation in classroom activities

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