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Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center educates Hazlet’s preschool and kindergarten students with a strong foundation in the school readiness skills that prepare children to be life-long learners. The Future Begins Here!
In preschool, students use the Creative Curriculum Gold as their course of study that is approved by the NJDOE and aligned to the Preschool Standards. Creative Curriculum Gold includes all areas of development: social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive; as well as, the content areas of literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. Children develop independence, self-confidence, self-control, learn how to make friends and participate in group work. Children engage in activities that involve large and small muscle skills, such as balancing, running, jumping and painting. The ability to problem solve, ask questions and think logically are incorporated daily with an emphasis on using words to communicate and participate in conversations. The Creative Curriculum Gold accomplishes these goals by involving the students in meaningful play activities.
The kindergarten curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards. The language arts literacy program provides an excellent foundation in reading, utilizing the Harcourt reading series. The math program is an inquiry based program that promotes critical thinking skills using the Everyday Math series. It balances the development of conceptual and computational skills with reasoning and problem solving skills. The FOSS science curriculum includes the study of animals, fabric, trees, wood and paper. In social studies, students learn about our country, state and community. To round out their educational experience, each child participates in art, music, physical education, enrichment and Spanish.
The staff and parents at Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center work together through the Parent Teacher Organization. It is an extremely active group that supports the students and the faculty of our school in numerous ways. Their contributions to the academic and social learning environment add tremendous value to Hazlet’s educational structure.
At Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center, we firmly support the District Mission, “Educating our students. . .to achieve their maximum potential.” Through the use of technology, differentiated instruction, project based learning, current teaching strategies and staff development, our faculty is able to implement lessons that successfully meet the diverse needs and learning styles of all of our students.
Principal of Sycamore Drive
732-264-2180 Ext. 8002