Dreamers Academy Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for Ghana.
The curriculum is in line with the learning that children experience at home and/or in other settings. The foundation stage builds on all these play-based learning experiences by providing a curriculum that develops children’s ability to learn and give them the skills and competencies they will need to succeed in school and in future life. The foundation stage acknowledges that learning through play is fundamental to children’s social, emotional and educational development.
Dreamers Academy's Mission is to cultivate the intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and ethical promise of our children by offering a stimulating and nurturing environment.
Through our play-based education, children learn to expand their knowledge and imagination, hone their relationship skills, develop problem-solving abilities, and acquire the independence and self-confidence that they need to explore the world around them.
Crèche: (6 months to 2 years) Play basic, and See and Touch
The underlying purpose of our Creche program is to provide a stimulating environment for individual learning and brain development, guide children in exploration, provide opportunities for exposure to new materials and experiences and support children in helping them become capable and balanced in their activities.
In nursery, learning is play-based and joyful. Highly qualified teachers and teacher’s assistants in each Nursery section guide our youngest children through their first steps at Dreamers Academy, encouraging play, exploration, pre-academic readiness, and social skills.
Within guided free play, teachers are intentional about the skills they want to nurture in the children and they take every opportunity to observe individual needs so that they can tailor their teaching to suit each child.
In addition to the basic learning requirements, i.e. Math and English our youngest learners take all the lower school “specials”—French, art, music, physical education, and science.
To begin their Language arts journey, they keep journals where they practice “drawing, kid writing”—writing what they hear in order to begin to make connections between words and writing. mathematics is everywhere. The question of the day, for example, may ask students to look at paintings from different cultures and choose which one makes them the happiest. They then talk about which paintings were chosen the most and which the least.
The unit on Social Justice teaches nursery children to ask questions and discussions.
Learning through play remains key for Pre-K students. Equally important, they learn about being a good friend. Imaginative play and learning are linked, and students build early literacy through reading independently and individually with teachers.
Acting out stories and journal writing help students to stretch their early reading skills. Dress-ups, nature walks, singing, and participating in conversations with classmates and teachers encourage students to observe, listen, and synthesize new information.
Special classes in art, music, physical education, science, and Spanish enrich the day. Weekly visits to the Lower School library help foster an early love of books.
In Kindergarten, there is lots of play balanced with a focus on preparing students for first grade and beyond. Students’ early literacy flourishes as they master sound/symbol associations, write in their journals, read stories, and recite poetry. Math fluency develops as students learn to recognize numerals, explore spatial awareness through the use of manipulatives, create addition and subtraction sentences, and investigate the world of measurement. Teachers individualize instruction to meet the needs of each child. For example, children who come to Kindergarten reading are encouraged to grow their skills with a program designed for challenge.Each Kindergarten classroom is staffed with full-time, highly qualified teachers. Students meet regularly with specialists in art, computers, math, music, science, physical education, and library.
Classes are small, allowing teachers to individualize challenging work for their students. The result of this education is that students would have developed the confidence to speak up for themselves, as well as the skills to articulate their thoughts insightfully and effectively.