Big Bear Cubs – San Diego Pre-Kindergarten Classes

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Welcome to the Big Bear Cub Program. The programming in this room is deigned to prepare the children to become successful Kindergarten students. While there is definitely an academic focus, there is still plenty of time dedicated to play, indoors and out, individually and with friends.


The curriculum in the Big Bear Cubs classroom is based on accepted current early childhood education theory and methodology and is organized around the basic tenet that children learn first about themselves, their close environment and their families, and then build upon that learning to expand their horizons according to interests and experiential opportunities. The curriculum throughout the center, focuses on the developmental needs of the whole child—emphasizing the integration of themes and designed to include opportunities for children to develop in these areas through small and large group activities, self-selected and self-directed independent activities, teacher-initiated activities, time indoors and outdoors, quiet times and active times.
The variety of activites and materials used in the Big Bear Cub classroom allows children to explore their environment through their senses. To encourage the development of the whole child, Big Bear Cub teachers select developmentally (or age) appropriate activities from seven main areas of concentration – language arts and early literacy skills, fine motor, large motor, sensory experiences, science and pre-math, self-care and pre-school learning skills. The activities involve thinking, muscle coordination, imagination and problem solving skills which form the building blocks laid in preparation for formal education and higher reasoning used later in life.

Program Highlights

Computer Station – A personal computer is included as part of the daily learning station. As a free-choice activity, the computer includes educational games for skill building.

Music & Movement Lab – Bear Cub teachers utilize the lab to enhance their large motor and language arts curriculum. There are instruments to play, a keyboard and autoharp to use, tumbling tools (foam blocks, scarves, etc), extra-large balls, rings, and hula hoops.

Spanish – simple Spanish words (counting, colors, foods, objects, conversation and commands). Stories are read and the children sing and play games all in Spanish.

Special events & Field Trips – Trips to the zoo, the pumpkin patch, and to Junior Theater (with lots of parent volunteers). Walking fieldtrips around the neighborhood to collect leaves and trips to the park for parachute play and developing large motor skills.