Early Childhood Education
with a STEM Focus
Science & Technology
Copernicus Academy children learn how to make connections between science and nature and think like little scientists. They will learn to follow science processes, make observations, predict, compare and contrast. Even at an early age, they can learn how to make inferences and even collect and compare data. Sample science and technology lessons: learning about the properties of matter - what are the differences between volume and weight - why do objects float or sink - observe states from gas to solid - learning about motion and gravity - activities with optics, cameras, lenses, and lighting.
Engineering & Math
BBHSCD Media (2014, April 16). STEM Education Overview [Video File].
Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GWhwUN9iaY
A natural progression from science foundations is to understand how newly learned concepts can be applied to satisfy needs or fulfill objectives. Children will learn by reverse engineering - how do things work and how are they constructed. We will observe the mechanics and design of simple, but fundamental systems, and even build models. Of course Math, the universal language, is integrated in everything. Our goal at Copernicus Academy is to help our children feel completely comfortable with math, allowing them to learn how to "speak" this "third language", so critical to our technology centered world.
Art is not only critical for the development of a well rounded child, but art is also linked to science and technology. Just consider the science of sound and music, or the beauty of optics and photography, light and color, patterns, and shapes. Children will learn dimensions through sculpture and math through patterns and shapes, all while expressing personal creativity. Literacy is integrated in our daily activities, including reading about topics related to our daily STEM lesson.
Arts & Literacy
Why should kids speak at least two languages? Research shows that being bilingual improves cognitive abilities in the brain, and we are all for that! At Copernicus, your child will be exposed to both English and Spanish. We believe that providing the foundations in their native language is crucial in order for students to transfer those skills into a second language. Our goal is to have fluent bilingual students by the time they graduate our program. Our model is influenced by the Gomez and Gomez dual language method. Check out this Ted ED Video based on current research on brain responses to bilingualism.