Building Bridges Early Foundations Curriculum 

Our goal is to provide a curriculum that is based on the Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-concept: expressed preferences/ takes responsibility/ identifies and manages feelings

  • Self-direction: follows rules and routines/ maintains attention/ transitions and adapts

  • Social relationships: builds positive relationships/ cooperates/ cares and responds to others

  • Physical Development

  • Gross motor: builds strength and balance/ coordinates large movements

  • Fine motor: controls small movements/ uses drawing and writing tools

  • Health and safety: make healthy food choices/ exercise/ good hygiene/ safe practices

  • Language and Literacy Development

  • Listening and comprehension: comprehends spoken language/ follow verbal directions

  • Communication: communicates ideas/ speak sentences

  • Vocabulary: builds vocabulary

  • Phonological awareness: hears small units of sound/ identifies rhyme and alliteration

  • Concepts of print: demonstrates print knowledge

  • Letter/Word Recognition: identifies letters and words/ makes letter sound connections

  • Reading comprehension: responds to text/ retells, asks and answers questions

  • Emergent writing: writes name, words, sentences/ expresses through writing

  • Mathematics and Reasoning Development

  • Number concepts: identifies numerals/ counts to determines quantity/ understands operations

  • Shapes: identifies shapes/ manipulates parts and whole

  • Spatial awareness: flips and rotates objects/ determines object location

  • Patterns and sorting: identify and creates patterns/ matches, sorts and charts

  • Measurement: estimates and measures/compares and serials

  • Logic: solve problems

  • Social Studies/ Science Development

  • Families and communities: identify community and family roles/ respects diversity/ explores culture and tradition

  • Civics and economics: understand citizenship/ understand concept of trade

  • Geography: identifies types of places/ uses maps

  • History: describes past events

  • Scientific reasoning: inquires and predicts/ observes and experiments/ evaluates

  • Life science: identifies basic needs/ classifies organisms

  • Physical science: identifies properties of matter/ explores forces and motions

  • Earth science: identifies weather and climate/ explores ecosystem

  • Creative Development

  • Music: develop rhythm and tone/ expresses self through music

  • Dance and movement: develop dance and movement techniques

  • Visual arts: develop artistic techniques/ expresses self through visual arts

  • Drama: participates in dramatic play/ creates and uses props

Theoretical Foundation

Building Bridges Early Foundations Curriculum is based a mixture of the following three theories.

  • Constructive or interactive curriculum- Based on constructivist theories in which children learn by interacting with people and objects within their natural environment and environments created for them.

  • Activities are designed to enhance children’s problem-solving abilities and extend their interests through hands on participation.

  • Socialization or open curriculum: Based on a maturationist theory in which children learn when they are developmentally ready with the support of nurturing adults and stimulating activities.

  • Activities reflect teachers’ views of children’s interest and needs and focus on supporting personal and social development as a foundation for cognitive development.

  • Direct Instruction or didactic curriculum- Based on behavioral and social learning theories in which children learn by observing and imitating others.

  • Activities have an academic focus and are often prescribed. They are geared toward supporting children’s acquisition of specific skills and content knowledge.

Literacy based curriculum

Literacy base curriculum begins with a storybook that is rich in language and content that is of interest to the children. 

Teachers utilize the storybook to plan their activities, environment and explorations to echo the vocabulary and concepts in the book. Connecting the literacy to real life, hands on experiences is more meaningful to the children.

The curriculum will be guided by responsive teachers that utilizes the Virginia Milestones of Child Development as a template to incorporate daily experiences, classroom environment and interactions.

Virginia Milestones of Child Development

  • Social and emotional development

  • Approaches to learning

  • Language and literacy

  • Cognition and general knowledge

  • Fine arts

  • Physical development and health   

PLAY is the basis for all learning. Through play children will learn new concepts, practice skills and solve problems. Children are provided opportunities for unstructured play and exploration throughout the substantial portion of the day.

Age appropriate toys, books and materials will be provided in each classroom to enhance the learning environment.

The Role of the Teacher

Teachers are learners alongside the child. Observing and adapting learning experiences to support a child’s intellectual and social growth. Teachers will assist in connecting the dots and support the child’s ever-expanding wealth of knowledge, asking questions that help the child reflect on learning to build meta-cognitive skills (helping the child understand the way they learn).Teacher provide a safe environment that allows the children the freedom to make choices and quench their curiosity. Learning is social process based on truth, respect and encouragement.


The Role of the Child

Children learn through teacher support, child experiences and family engagement.

As the child’s expresses interest, teacher should adapt the classroom learning experiences to continue to feed the child’s curiosity and opens their imagination. The child should give and receive respect, compassion and empathy. Children need a safe place to learn who they are within their community.


The Role of the Environment

Children gain knowledge by exploring their environment. They collect information and learn through hands on discovery. Self-paced hand on experiences support learning.


The Role of the Family

Families support the child’s development by building routines through actions such as keeping a regular mealtime and reading to the child each night. Routines that are consistent at home and school help children stay calm and feel secure.

Schools and families must work together in setting goals and routines to provide the child a better chance of success, not just in school but life. Open communication between teacher and families allows collaborative goal setting. By sharing the child’s portfolio both parties stay in touch with the progress of the child.

Domains of Learning:

  • Physical Development

  • Gross motor skills

  • Fine motor skills

  • Health & Well Being

  • Fine Arts

  • Dance

  •  Music

  • Theater

  •  Visual

  • Cognitive and General Knowledge

  • Number & Operations

  •  Measurement

  •  Patterns & Relations

  • Shapes

  • Spatial Sense

  • Data Collection & Analysis

  • Time & Sequence

  • Language & Literacy

  • Listening & Speaking

  • Phonological Awareness

  • Alphabetical Knowledge

  • Print Awareness & Concepts

  • Comprehension

  • Early Writing

  • Social Emotional

  • Relationships with others

  • Learning about self & self-concept

  • Emotional regulation & self-regulation

  • Approaches to Learning

  • Persistence

  • Curiosity & Initiative

  • Creativity

  • Inventiveness

  • Reasoning

  • Problem Solving