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Our Blog: August 8, 2016

La Petite Academy’s New STEM Curriculum: A Catalyst for Future Breakthrough Thinking

LPA STEMStarting this fall, children at La Petite Academy will hone their critical thinking and collaborative skills through a new curriculum that maximizes their abilities as natural-born scientists and engineers.  The proprietary Early Innovator program for preschool and Pre-K students follows a STEM approach – where science, technology, engineering and math are incorporated into all aspects of the learning experience.

“Our children’s ability to thrive as tomorrow’s problem solvers and our country’s competitiveness in the global economy will both be determined by proficiency in the STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Susan Canizares, Chief Academic Officer, La Petite Academy. “The STEM fields are deeply linked to the real world and to how children learn most effectively.  By nurturing their natural interest in STEM concepts during the critical formative years, we’re unlocking our children’s potential for success as our future innovators and leaders.”

Connecting Diverse Concepts Promotes Greater Understanding

Research shows the brain is extremely receptive to learning math and logic between ages 1 and 4. Early math skills have been associated with later learning abilities, including literacy skills. By integrating STEM concepts and activities throughout the classroom, La Petite Academy is enabling children to build connections among these diverse skills. The approach encourages hands-on, collaborative learning experiences in which children share discoveries and collaborate on solutions using a variety of tools, materials and discussions.

La Petite Academy provides a customized learning experience for each child as a foundation for future academic success. Parents can be assured their child’s learning goals are being met, thanks to an exclusive data-driven process that links individualized observation with assessment and lesson planning.

The STEM-inspired Early Innovator curriculum for Preschool and Pre-K students is supported with Learning Care System (LCS), a proprietary digital lesson planning tool. Leveraging data on each child’s progress, teachers are able to customize the curriculum to meet the specific developmental needs and interests for individual children to ensure school readiness.  Each lesson plan is unique, because every child is unique.