Pennancle Curriculum Overview

At BBELC Education and Play Go Hand In Hand…

BBELC uses Pinnacle Curriculum, marketed by the Child Care Institute,  It is based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, including hands-on, center-based activities that promote the development of emerging skills.

Pinnacle is a guide for the daily curriculum in our classrooms.  It is designed to assist teachers with program planning that encourages children to develop their emerging skills in all developmental areas.  It offers activities for both group time and the learning areas.  The activities meet learning objectives that help children toward their potential as they explore the materials and activities in the classroom.

Each month of curriculum contains five weeks of programming, centered on a specific theme tailored to the development skill for each age group.  The teachers expand on them using their own creativity.  From infant through preschool, the themes grab your child’s attention as they grow their skills.

Expanding your Child’s mind….One day at a time.

An Average Day for Toddlers and Two Year Old

Morning Group
Each day begins with a large group activity. This large group activity has so many learning benefits it is hard not to want it to last all day.  But developmentally, children are not ready to function for long periods of time in a large group.  Typically, this activity occurs twice a day for five to ten minutes, depending on the needs and dynamics of the children involved.  Learning self-control, communication, socialization, listening skills, math concepts (calendar), memorization (finger plays and songs), and knowledge about the weekly theme are all aspects of circle time!

Small Group
Small group time offers our teachers the opportunity to work with a few children at one time.  We use this time to make sure each child has a special time with their teacher and we are able to closely track their development.

This area develops communication and early reading skills.  Learning how to care for books, holding them and turning a page in sequence are the first important steps in developing a respect for books and reading.  Listening, a key learning concept, is also an important skill developed in this area.

Creative Arts
While playing in this area, children learn the concepts of form, shape, and they also gain increased muscle control.  One of the biggest benefits of this center is the fact that when they create something here, it is lasting, not like a block tower or finished puzzle!  Children need to have their accomplishments and creations become tangible so that they have that “I did it!” feeling validated.  Building self-esteem, one piece of artwork at a time, is what this center is all about.

This center is designed to build fine motor control, spatial awareness, eye-hand coordination, problem solving skills, and social interaction.  Typically set up with tables, children work together in small groups or singularly with puzzles that challenge, Legos that create, lacing cards that teach, and anything that requires the children to think while using their fingers!

Dramatic Play
In this popular area, children make great headway in areas of language, social, and emotional development.  Imaginative play in this area allows children to take on and explore new roles and to associate between real and the imagined.  Learning to function in a group, take turns, and play cooperatively are outcomes for children who master this center.

This winning center allows the children to feel, smell, touch, hear and sometimes taste the medium that teaches the concept.  Measuring, pouring, discovering physical properties, and volume are all aspects of this center.  This small, hands-on area enforces the social concepts of cooperative play!  Math, science, and motor development are all added benefits of learning in this sand, water, oatmeal, and shaving cream environment.

This area helps children learn math concepts like proportion- two triangles make a square.  It also assists children in forming ideas about cause and effect, gravity, and problem solving.  Children learn quickly that in order for a tower to “reach for the sky” it needs a large base.  The block area is also a great place for our children to socialize and work together while developing motor skills.  Using their imagination and fellow-builders, children can turn this area into an airport, castle or even their own neighborhood!