Development and Goals for the Early Years

Buds & Blooms uses the Arabian Child curriculum framework for early childhood education and care. We want young children to know HOW to learn. We want them to be self-confident, inquisitive, creative and to enjoy exploring their world all at their own pace as they build good habits and attitudes.

The activities that we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule and talk with children are all designed to accomplish these goals and provide a foundation for future learning experiences.

Let us together explore the 6 areas of development and the focus areas for their development and assessment:

  1. Health and Physical Development involves how your child develops control over their body, particularly their muscles and physical coordination. We look at your child’s:
    • Gross motor skills
    • Fine motor skills
    • Control
    • Health and safety
  2. Math and Scientific Thinking involves the ways your child thinks and uses mathematical and scientific knowledge to manipulate, organize, connect, reason and solve problems. We look at how your child uses:
    • Making patterns, sequencing, and sorting
    • Spatial relationships
    • Geometric shapes
    • Number sense
    • Counting and measuring
    • Making inquiries and predictions
    • Observation and evaluation
    • Life science
    • Physical science
    • Earth science
    • Technology
  3. Language and Communication Development is the process by which your child begins to understand language and learns how to communicate. We look at your child’s:
    • Listening comprehension
    • Communication
    • Vocabulary
    • Phonological awareness
    • Concepts of print
    • Letter and word recognition
    • Reading comprehension
    • Emergent writing
  4. Social and Emotion Development involves the way your child feels about themselves, understands and controls their feelings and gets along with others. We look at how your child:
    • Expresses preference
    • Identifies and manages feelings
    • Follows rules and routines
    • Maintains attention
    • Transitions and adapts
    • Builds positive relationships
    • Cooperates
    • Cares for and responds to others
  5. Community Citizenship involves the way your child develops knowledge, skills and values as an informed, responsible and participative citizen of a family, classroom, community and country. We help your child to:
    • Identify with community and family roles
    • Explore cultures and traditions
    • Respect diversity
    • Understand citizenship
    • Understand concepts of trade
    • Identify types of places
  6. Art and Creativity involves the way your child discovers exploration, decision making and expression. We observe your child through:
    • Music
    • Dance and movement
    • Visual arts and Drama