Geminus Head Start & Early Head Start activities are designed to build social skills, language development, reinforcement of thinking processes, small and large muscle development and self-help skills. The program believes children learn best by doing. Curriculum planning provides for children to learn by hands-on experimenting, guessing, problem-solving, all of which is aligned with school readiness outcomes and is incorporated into their “play” activities.
Children in Head Start & Early Head Start will be learning the things that they need to know in order to have a positive and successful future elementary school experience. Head Start or Early Head Start children can either be enrolled in Home-Based or Center-Based program. Regardless of the program option, all children will be supported in each of learning areas listed below:
- Cognitive: to help children develop learning skills, prepare to read and write, ask questions, use words to describe their ideas, feelings and what they see
- Social: to help children feel comfortable in school, make friends and solve problems
- Emotional: to help children develop self-control and independence, experience a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and have a positive attitude toward life, others and themselves
- Physical: to help children increase their large muscle skills through running, jumping and climbing; to help children develop their small muscle skills through building, cutting, stringing and painting
Children will learn math, science, social studies and early reading and writing skills in each of the interest areas. This learning will be “hands-on” learning which research has proven to be the best way for children to learn since it “fits” with how they develop. Another term used to describe this type of learning is developmentally appropriate. Through their play activities, children will learn by exploring, experimenting, problem solving and asking questions.
To promote literacy, create home environments rich with print materials, and to increase opportunities for families to read together, most center-based sites or solicitation location will have a parent resource room with a lending library for parents to check out and return books.
Your child will be screened for vision, and hearing. Additionally, development screenings of each Head Start or Early Head Start child are completed within the first 45 days of the child’s enrollment in the program. Information regarding the screening will be shared with parents at the Parent/Teacher Conference. Each child’s learning and development is assessed three times during the year for Head Start and four times per year for Early Head Start.