Pre-school Curriculum

The Academy believes in the critical importance of children enjoying and benefiting from early childhood education, with its potential adventures and discoveries. The breadth and depth of children’s learning is greatly magnified when children are given rich and varied experiences in their formative years.

Using the nationally recognized, professionally developed Mother Goose Time curriculum, the school plans for and provides enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners. Deer Valley Academy’s inviting environment encourages and helps children to explore and take advantage of opportunities for fun, choice, freedom, adventure and challenge. Our curriculum fosters all areas of child development, using effective teaching strategies that are developmentally appropriate.

Being ideally situated at Deer Valley Resort provides unparalleled opportunities for enriching and beneficial daily outdoor activities, such as winter snow play, skiing for pre-school aged children, mountain hikes, crystal hunting and walks to the duck pond.

AGES: Children 3 to 5 years


Lesson Plans and Curriculum

The daily lesson plans revolve around a theme each month. The curriculum is on a three-year cycle, in which no theme repeats itself. Every year, curriculum is revised and updated based on current research and methodology.

Each activity or project suggested in the lesson plan book reinforces developmentally appropriate skills to help your child grow and learn. The primary learning objective of each activity is listed next to each activity in the lesson plan book. Mother Goose Time provides our teachers with tips on how to adapt recommended activities throughout the lesson plan to embrace the unique learning style and skill level of each child.

The Six Domains of Mother Goose Time

Language and Literacy Development

Language and literacy skills refer to a child’s ability to communicate and connect with others through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Physical Development

Physical development refers to a child’s gross and fine motor skills. To increase strength, muscle control and coordination, the child requires adequate nutrition and fitness levels.

Mathematics and Reasoning Development

Math and reasoning skills include a child’s ability to count, understand number sense, manipulate objects in space, create patterns, sort, compare and measure.

Creative Development

Creative development is the ability to respond to experiences by expressing ideas and the imagination through music, dance, dramatic play and art.

Science Development

Science skills include a child’s ability to inquire, predict and evaluate observations. It supports a child’s ability to explore everyday life, physical properties within the surrounding environment and to make sense of concepts such as weather, natural habitats, and technology.

Socio-emotional Development

Social-emotional development refers to a child’s ability to identify feelings, self-regulate and build relationships.

The Family in the Educational Process

Deer Valley Academy and Mother Goose Time believe it is extremely important to provide information and resources that support family involvement in a child's learning experience. We provide a collection of tools that guide parents in taking an active role in their child's education and development. This creates a link from classroom to home learning. Because children come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique perspectives to the learning center, activities are intentionally designed to invite children to bring their experiences from home to the classroom.

We help you stay connected to your child's learning by sending home many projects created by your child, including art, mini-books, games and little journals. Through these interactive projects, children learn letters, numbers, shapes and fun facts about the monthly focus theme.

Each month you will also receive a family newsletter highlighting the theme of the month. You will get tips for talking to your child about the topics they are learning. Also included are song lyrics, fingerplays and other fun activities you can share with your child at home.