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STAR Model Curriculum

The Key Developmental Indicators for both Infants & Toddlers, along with Preschool, guides everything we set out to accomplish within our classrooms. Our students are exposed to all of these indicators throughout the year. Development is rapid and our teachers are able to respond to these educational demands fluidly.

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Our daily lesson plan activities are assigned carefully selected KDIs, while our teachers are trained to seek out individualized goals and select their own complimentary KDIs for specific children to scaffold their learning. The Infant-Toddler Key Developmental Indicators are comprised of 42 individual developmental milestones, where the Preschool Indicators have 58 building blocks for optimal growth. These milestones are organized into the following categories:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Language & Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Arts
  • Physical/Health
  • Social/Emotional
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Studies

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Key Developmental Indicators( KDIs )
are the building blocks of thinking,
reasoning, and learning at each
stage of development

Flexible Framework

We are committed to continuously developing new and innovative programs so that every child has access to the most current and relevant curriculum available. Our primary mission is to add healthy doses of love and understanding as we prepare the young children in our care for higher learning.

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While our curriculum is structured, its flexible framework encourages children to make choices, and our teachers support the learning created by those choices. This approach allows children to develop confidence and a sense of security, while experimenting with new ideas.

Through exploration and discovery, each child receives ample opportunity to develop his or her natural curiosity and creativity. With the guidance of caring teachers, these "learning" moments help cultivate lasting understanding and are key to transforming discoveries into a lifelong love of learning and academic success.

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Active Learning

Our HighScope-influenced curriculum emphasizes "active learning." This means children engage in hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. They make choices according to their interests, and teachers support these choices.

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Knowledge is constructed through interactions with the world and the people around them. At COA, children take the first step on their knowledge path by making choices and then following through on their plans and decisions.

Using the Plan, Do, Review approach, our teachers offer physical, emotional and academic support in an active environment. They use open-ended questions to expand thinking and create an atmosphere that is both exciting and secure. The process focuses on creative problem solving and strong verbal communication.

The power of this approach becomes clear as children learn to problem solve through experiences, using higher-level thought processing and critical thinking skills.

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