Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center
Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center strives to provide all the students with a peaceful and positive learning environment in Pre School and Kindergarten. This focus enables the staff and students to channel their efforts into meaningful and challenging classroom instruction and activities. The school provides our students with a strong foundation that will prepare them for the challenges they face in the present and in the future years.
The comprehensive district curriculum in Kindergarten is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Our Language Arts Literacy Program provides an excellent foundation in Reading and Language Arts. In this program, activities for varied learning abilities are implemented. The science curriculum includes the study of senses, matter, energy, weather and living things. The science program focuses on hands-on activities and problem solving skills. The new math program is an inquiry based program that promotes critical thinking skills in the area of mathematics. The mathematics program balances the development of conceptual skills, computational skills with reasoning and problem solving skills. In Social Studies, the students will study our Country and State, the Earth, workers and communities, the environment and how it changes and important events from the past. Internet access is in every classroom. Sycamore Drive School offers opportunities for the students to participate in art, music, and physical education. These programs implement activities for varied learning styles and abilities.
In Pre School, the children will use the Creative Curriculum as their course of study. There are four major areas in this curriculum..In the area of Social and Emotional Development, the children develop independence, self-confidence, self-control, learn how to follow rules and routines, make friend and what it means to be part of a group. The next area focuses on Physical Development. The children participate in activities that involve large muscle skills, balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching. Other activities develop the child's small muscle skills. The third area is Cognitive Development. In this area, the children learn thinking skills, the ability to problem solve, ask questions and think logically. The fourth area is Language Development. The children focus on using words to communicate, listening skills, participation in conversations and understanding print. The Creative Curriculum accomplishes the goals by involving the children in play and a variety of hands on activities.
Our school is dedicated to the success of all the students. Through the use of technology, cooperative learning, hands-on activities, current teaching strategies and participation in staff development, our faculty is able to plan and implement lessons that successfully meet the diverse needs and learning styles of our students. The students are provided with specialized educational opportunities across the content areas through the enrichment program.
The annual Back-to-School Night signals the beginning of the school year. This well attended evening provides the opportunity for parents and faculty to meet each other. Our Parent Teacher Organization is an extremely active group that supports the students and the faculty of our school in numerous ways. We look forward to all our parents participating in the P.T.O.
At Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center, we attempt to meet the intellectual, social and emotional needs of all students. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, we provide the necessary activities and programs to support, stimulate and help our student achieve success. Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center provides all students with a positive learning environment. The staff and the community work in a cooperative fashion to foster the growth and high achievement of all students. The goal of the school is to provide an excellent foundation in the academic areas and to enhance the learning opportunities for all students.