Curriculum

MECE Preschool & Kindergarten

MECE Benchmarks
Benchmarks are MECE’s curriculum goals. Teachers use the benchmarks to ensure that their lesson plans are well-rounded, have a specific developmental emphasis and maximize each child’s learning and growing opportunity.

Our program is based on the interests, needs, and abilities of the young child. Each day is planned and balanced with respect to indoor and outdoor time; individual, small group and large group activities; and quiet and active play.

MECE adheres to the philosophy and  training of  “The Creative Curriculum®”. The Creative Curriculum®, the country’s leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5. The Creative Curriculum® is used to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. It combines the latest research and the freshest ideas into a forward-thinking approach to learning–one that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child in their classrooms.”

MECE’s staff have been trained in the Handwriting Without Tears® program and use the HWT manipulatives in all three and four year old classrooms. “Handwriting Without Tears’ mission is to make learning and teaching easy and fun by providing superior educational products, training, and promotional materials to educators and parents.”

MECE Curriculum Outline
Months/ Special Event Activity Unit Religion Guide
September Getting to know one another
Nursery Rhymes
Colors, shapes, textures
I am special
Self-concept
Feelings
Family
October
Fire Department visit
Police Department visit
Fall (seasons)
Harvest (farm and farm animals)
Community helpers (not Doctor/Dentist)
Colors, shapes, textures
Halloween
God’s Gifts:
Seasons and weather
Nature and animals
Friends and Community
November
Thanksgiving Feast
(no 2s)
Numbers
Senses
Thanksgiving
What is a Church?
Thanks be to God (senses)
Prayers and Hymns
December
Christmas pageant
MECE Share week
Christmas Story
Christmas festivies
Holiday foods & customs around the world
I can love:
Sharing
Manners
Helping
January
Dentist visit
Nurse visit
Winter
Health-Doctor, Dentist, Nurse, nutritition,
body parts, cleanliness
Safety
God’s Gifts:
Seasons and weather
New Testament Stories
February
Valentines Party
Ground Hog
Lincoln and Washington
Valentines
I think about God
Celebrate: other holidays
Old Testament Stories
March and April
Easter
Conference Day
Circus
Jungle, Forest, Zoo, Pets, Ocean, Insects,
Dinosaurs.
Spring: Seasons, weather, wind, rain.
Easter
God’s Gifts
Seasons and weather
Nature and animals
Noah’s Ark
May
Mother’s Day Teas
End of Year Picnics
Graduation
Transportation: air, land water
Mother’s Day Teas, “entertainment”, menu
Summer
Graduation
Old Testament Stories
God’s Gifts:
Seasons and weather
Four year old classes follow a letter of the week format. They start with the letter “A” and work their way through the alphabet. The teachers plan stories, art activities and even snack with the letter in mind, with the emphasis on letter recognition and sound.