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Smart Start Early Learning Center offers the following programs: Preschool, Kindergarten, and Jump Start to Preschool. We follow the Longview School District minimum age requirements when enrolling students in our programs. The minimum ages to register for our programs are based on the child already being that age or will be prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year: age 3 for Preschool, age 5 for Kindergarten, and age 2.5 for Jump Start.

Our Preschool Curriculum

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All of our preschool classes are combination classes of children ages three through five. In this environment, we individually assess each student and then have him/her work in the appropriate developmental group, building on what the child already knows and helping him/her move to the next level. Combination classes also allow children to observe leaders and become leaders themselves, a goal we have for all of our students as they go through our programs. To register for our preschool programs, children must have already turned 3 or will be turning 3, prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year.

Curriculum at Smart Start Early Learning Center is characterized by a theme-based program developed from the Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines1. Based on classroom observations, we then place children in appropriate developmental groups to best serve their individual needs. Our priority focus on literacy allows us to uphold our literacy-based center criteria. We strive to practice Emergent Curriculum2 so as to create a learning environment representative of each child’s personal interests and individual Multiple Intelligence3 learning styles. We implement Zoo-Phonics4 along with DLM5 as a starting point to our classroom’s themes and ideas, but we are not limited to using only the leading early childhood learning curriculums, as we do not want to promote “canned” early learning curriculum in our program. Your child is in the driver’s seat, determining the direction we take. Their ideas, interests, and goals are always in the forefront as we create a curriculum that best fits individual needs and builds strong social, emotional, and academic foundations.

1Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines: A research-based resource that focuses on the early years (birth-3rd grade). Considerations in compiling Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines include but are not limited to: early learning standards from other states; Head Start and ECEAP standards; and our state’s academic learning standards for grades K-3 in all subject areas, including the newly adopted common core standards for English Language Arts and for Mathematics.

2Emergent Curriculum: A way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interests and passions, as the teacher fits those into that individual child’s goals. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience.

3Mulitiple Intelligences: Nine different styles of processing and learning information. These learning styles include: Mathematical, Linguistic, Naturalistic, Bodily/Kinetic, Musical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Spiritual.

4Zoo-phonics: Literacy-based curriculum that uses bodily/kinetic (movement) learning.

5DLM: Theme-based curriculum, using many different learning styles and focusing on literacy and math.


Preschool Daily Schedule*


AM Preschool PM Preschool Activity
8:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Doors Open
8:45-9:10 a.m. 12:45-1:10 p.m. Sign-In/Free Choice Table Activities
9:10-9:40 a.m. 1:10-1:40 p.m. Circle Time #1(Welcome/Calendar/Job Assignments/Songs)
9:40-10:40 a.m. 1:40-2:40 p.m. Small Group Developmentally Appropriate Centers(Teaching themes through Multiple Intelligence Center Learning)
10:40-11:00 a.m. 2:40-3:00 p.m. Circle Time #2/Quiet Reading(Literacy Circle)
11:00-11:15 a.m. 3:00-3:15 p.m. Snack/Bathroom
11:15-11:35 a.m. 3:15-3:35 p.m. Outside Play Time/Enrichment Time (for example: Kids’ Boot Camp/Gymnastics/Music/Chapel)
11:35-11:45 a.m. 3:35-3:45 p.m. Dismiss

Our Kindergarten Curriculum*

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Smart Start Early Learning Center offers a comprehensive kindergarten curriculum by providing instruction in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, art, physical education, and music. We strive to practice Emergent Curriculum1 so as to create a learning environment representative of each child’s personal interests and individual Multiple Intelligence2 learning styles. We implement Reading Street Literacy Curriculum3 and Everyday Math Curriculum4, but we are not limited to using only the leading early childhood learning curriculums, as we do not want to promote “canned” kindergarten curriculum in our program. Your child is in the driver’s seat, determining the direction we take. Their ideas, interests, and goals are always in the forefront as we create a curriculum that best fits individual needs and builds strong social, emotional, and academic foundations. Additionally, we utilize the Daily Five5 in all our core subjects as a means to teach and promote independence and confidence in children, a routine that ensures their active participation in their personal school success.

To register for our kindergarten program, children must have already turned 5 or will be turning 5, prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year.

1Emergent Curriculum: A way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interests and passions, as the teacher fits those into that individual child’s goals. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience.

2Mulitiple Intelligences: Nine different styles of processing and learning information. These learning styles include: Mathematical, Linguistic, Naturalistic, Bodily/Kinetic, Musical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Spiritual.

3Reading Street Literacy Curriculum: Literacy-based curriculum that is guided by the goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is a plan for small-group and whole-group learning. Each weekly selection deepens understanding of the given concept and expands concept vocabulary.

4Everyday Math Curriculum: A pre-K and elementary school mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. A typical lesson has three parts: teaching the lesson, ongoing learning practice, and differentiation options to support the learning-style and academic needs of all students. The curriculum is now published by McGraw-Hill Education.

5Daily Five: A structure that allows for differentiation in the classroom and provides consistency. It is a classroom management system of five tasks that teaches students independence.


Kindergarten Daily Schedule*


Time Activity
8:30-8:45 Arrival & Morning Work
8:50-9:05 Morning Meeting
9:05-9:20 Writing
9:20-9:35 Calendar
9:35-10:05 Math
10:05-10:20 Recess
10:20-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:15 Literacy
11:15-11:45 Extra Block (M: Science, T: Art, W: Music, Th: P.E., F: Make-up)
11:45-12:00 Read Aloud
12:00-12:15 Recap Circle
12:15-12:30 Classroom Chores, Pack-up, & Dismissal

Our Jump Start Curriculum

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Our Jump Start curriculum at Smart Start Early Learning Center is focused on developing a strong social and emotional foundation for our youngest of learners and is characterized by a theme-based program developed from the Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines1. We strive to practice Emergent Curriculum2 so as to create a learning environment representative of each child’s personal interests. Nursery rhymes are a core component of our curriculum and are taught incorporating the individual Multiple Intelligence3 learning styles. We implement Zoo-Phonics4 as a starting point to our classroom’s themes and ideas, but we are not limited to using only the leading early childhood learning curriculums, as we do not want to promote “canned” early learning curriculum in our program. Your child is in the driver’s seat, determining the direction we take. Their ideas, interests, and goals are always in the forefront as we create a curriculum that best fits individual needs and builds strong social, emotional, and academic foundations.

To register for our Jump Start program, a child must be at least 2.5 years of age by August 31st of the enrolling school year and fully toilet-trained.

1Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines: A research-based resource that focuses on the early years (birth-3rd grade). Considerations in compiling Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines include but are not limited to: early learning standards from other states; Head Start and ECEAP standards; and our state’s academic learning standards for grades K-3 in all subject areas, including the newly adopted common core standards for English Language Arts an for Mathematics.

2Emergent Curriculum: A way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interests and passions, as the teacher fits those into that individual child’s goals. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience.

3Mulitiple Intelligences: Nine different styles of processing and learning information. These learning styles include: Mathematical, Linguistic, Naturalistic, Bodily/Kinetic, Musical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Spiritual.

4Zoo-phonics: Literacy-based curriculum that uses bodily/kinetic (movement) learning.

Jump Start Daily Schedule*

Time Activity
2:30-3:10 Child-Directed Center Time Nursery rhyme & basic concept explorations through the 9 multiple intelligence styles of learning (reflection, group learning, art, science, math, writing (fine motor development), gross motor, musical, spiritual)
3:10-3:25 Circle Time (calendar, movement, dance, reading)
3:25-3:35 Snack (growing up healthy goals)
3:35-3:50 Outdoor Experience
3:50-4:00 Dismissal Circle (share and tell, good-bye song, book)

*Each class has needs that alter our schedules from time-to-time. These daily schedules represent everything we do in one day but times will vary throughout the year depending on each class’s needs.


Smart Start Learning Styles

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