Curriculum

Galileo Preschool offers a well-rounded, engaging curriculum. Regardless of the subject, we aim to make all activities hands-on, and offer children the option of further independent exploration of topics they are interested in. Our aim is to inspire students and get them excited about learning. Our age-appropriate curriculum is comprised of the 11 areas detailed below. Please visit our school to obtain a copy of the most up-to-date schedule for each classroom.

1. Reading and Writing

To help ensure that our students are Kindergarten-ready upon graduating from Galileo Preschool, literacy is a core component of our curriculum. Children are provided with a print-rich environment and exposed to a variety of language experiences. For instance, our daily circle times provide numerous opportunities for students to pose questions and freely express themselves. Sample language and reading activities in which children participate include:

  • Describing artwork and activities

  • Weekly show and tell in front of the class

  • Daily calendar and weather helpers, who assist in leading circle-time activities

  • Learning and reinforcing phonics and letter sounds

  • Building up to reading words and age-appropriate books

  • Identifying, tracing, and writing the uppercase and lowercase alphabet

  • In our Pre-K classroom, we use a Kindergarten phonics curriculum. The students take home a book each week and learn over 150 sight words over the course of the school year!

2. Math

Math concepts are critical to help children understand the world around them. They are surrounded by math from the very beginning: How old are you? We'll be home in 15 minutes. Today is October 2nd. Just three more bites and then you can play. At Galileo Preschool, we take advantage of these everyday situations to teach math concepts. Our Pre-K math curriculum is aligned with the California Common Core, so our students are more than ready for Kindergarten. Some sample activities include:

  • One-to-one correspondence

  • Daily calendar

  • Sensorial activities such as comparing and sorting

  • Number recognition and counting

  • Telling time

  • Estimating

  • Basic addition and subtraction

  • Measurements and weighing

  • Patterning

3. Creative Arts

Art is a staple of early childhood education, and our children participate in creative activities each and every day. The range of activities is as expansive as the teachers' imagination! Sample activities include:

  • Outdoor painting on acrylic easels

  • Sculpting with play dough

  • Construction paper, mixed-media crafts

  • Cutting and creating books for the students to "author"

  • Finger painting in the classroom

  • Making crafts with food items (e.g., macaroni necklaces)

  • Drawing and step-by-step directed art

4. Science

Science is an important component in the Galileo Preschool curriculum. Children thrive in a hands-on environment where they are able to use their senses to learn about their world. The following activities will are offered in our programs:

  • Understanding and observing weather

  • Engaging in science activities and making predictions

  • Conducting simple experiments

  • Problem solving with other children and adults

  • Observing plant and animal life cycles

5. Geography

As part of our mission to develop children to be well-rounded, global citizens, our students are exposed to the cultures and lifestyles of their counterparts around the world. The curriculum includes:

  • Recognizing my home, my city, my community

  • Studying the continent and culture of: North America, The Arctic Regions, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia

  • Learning land and water forms: cape, bay, peninsula, gulf, lake, island, archipelago

  • Each month, families come in to share about their cultural heritage. Families often bring in books, food, music, and clothing from their home country.

  • Our annual International Show allows students to share the dress, language, and food of their family’s culture

6. Foreign Language

The first five years of a child's life are the most important for brain development. Young children have the ability to learn language at a much faster rate than adults. At Galileo Preschool, we take advantage of this period of rapid brain growth by exposing children to foreign language through conversation, songs, and the identification of basic objects. Our programs currently include both Spanish and American Sign Language.

7. Music

We are all sound-makers and movers from birth, so moving and making music is natural to us in all our developmental activities. Programs include:

  • Singing and following the lyrics of a song with associated hand actions

  • Guitar/piano accompanied music

  • Music week in the summer

  • Numerous shows and performances throughout the year

8. Dance

Children are naturally joyous, and dance allows children to express themselves and work off their energy in a safe, constructive way. Programs include:

  • Expression through movement

  • Walk, jump, march, gallop, skate, tiptoe

  • Freeze dance

  • Animal action

9. Computers

Our Pre-K computer lab allows children to supplement classroom learning with fun follow-on educational activities. Our computer curriculum includes:

  • Programs in which children work on recognizing colors, numbers, and shapes

  • Games in which students have to match objects

  • Games which develop fine motor skills by requiring children to move and click the mouse

  • Reinforcement of weekly high frequency words

10. Community Service

In an effort to develop globally aware students, our curriculum includes opportunities for age-appropriate community service. Our community service activities:

  • Planting and gardening

  • Litter pick-up

  • Librarian visits, and instruction about community resources

  • Water conservation puppet shows put on by the Alameda County Water District

  • Visits from the local fire and police departments, including safety lessons

  • Annual Second Harvest Food Bank drive

  • Family Giving Tree toys-for-tots Christmas program

11. Physical Development

Galileo Preschool has a variety of indoor and outdoor equipment that enhances our students’ physical development throughout the day. Children participate in the following activities:

  • Riding bikes on the marked path around the playground

  • Climbing, swinging, and sliding on our outdoor play structure

  • Small motor activities such as digging and constructing in our sand pit

  • Pouring, mixing and comparing using our outdoor water table

  • Hand/eye coordination activities such as throwing basketballs in hoops, and catching/kicking balls

  • Basic yoga and stretching to help the children wind down at the end of the day