STEM ++ PROGRAM
The Curie team strongly believes that exposure to Science and Technology and core areas like Language Arts and Math is essential in kindling the curiosity of young minds.
To that end, The Madame Curie School has developed its own innovative material for the program that encompasses STEM ++ in its everyday curriculum. STEM ++ stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics-oriented curriculum backed by Language Arts, Motor Skills and Socio-Emotional Skills.
The STEM ++ program at The Madame Curie School is aimed at developing and promoting an intellectual learning style at a very young age by way of reasoning, predicting and problem solving alongside the traditional learning style of practice through repetition and recitation.
Early exposure to Science is critical for many reasons. Put simply, it instills the virtues of curiosity and exploration, stretching the boundaries of what is possible. Curie especially prides itself in its unique Science Curriculum, which is both instructive and hands-on.
Children will experience this content through enjoyable, play-based activities appropriate for their age. They will work on basic concepts of Science through experimentation and team projects. Curie’s Science Curriculum is aimed at promoting an intellectual learning style at a very young age by way of reasoning, predicting, and problem solving.
Technological advances are happening at a rapid pace in the 21st century due to a deeper understanding of the physical phenomena surrounding us. Technology has become partly intuitive to the new generation, and The Madame Curie School aims to nurture this through computer literacy, step by step logical thinking by way of introduction to rudimentary flowcharting, music making, photo editing, online art, and more.
From working with building blocks and puzzles to constructing and observing levers and gears, Engineering at the preschool level is a hands-on approach. Introduction to basic engineering concepts has been proven to start young minds racing to make connections and draw inferences from everyday objects.
Another big part of this Curriculum is Critical Thinking. Our Critical Thinking curriculum uses a figurative approach at the pre-school level, encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. At the Kindergarten level it focuses on gearing our kids for tests such as CogAT and NNAT, which are given in county schools in the Early Elementary years. (Gr.1 – Gr.3)
Though the learning process includes visual and aural comprehension activities, nothing is as important to a critical foundation as reading. Though its delivery changes rapidly in our digital age, the written word remains at the center of our lives—it is still the primary way that we impart knowledge to one another. The sooner a child starts reading, the closer he or she is to the acquisition of the knowledge our world has to offer.
Our innovative Preschool Language Arts program incorporates reading and listening comprehension alongside vocabulary building. We also integrate music, poetry, storytelling, drama, role-play, and several other techniques.
The writing portion of the preschool Language Arts program focuses on handwriting with proper writing techniques and introduces creative writing.
The early years are significant for development of fine and gross motor skills.
At The Madame Curie School we develop and hone gross motor skills through play, organized group sports, games, and dance. Our group sports activities are aimed at teaching teamwork and spirit. This also teaches a child sportsmanship—the ability to deal with both victory and defeat.
Our Arts program focuses on honing the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through the use of various media, textures, and material. Our Art curriculum also includes Art appreciation, as ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’
A large part of our Preschool curriculum instills the life lessons of kindness, compassion, respect and self-esteem. We strive to reinforce focus, perseverance, time management, and other useful study habits, and desirable behavioral traits at a very young age so that they become second nature to our preschoolers. We want all of them to approach elementary school with confidence, self-esteem, and with a positive attitude and love for learning that will make them natural leaders.