CEFA curriculum is sophisticated, proprietary, and world‑class.
We offer an incredible opportunity for children to not only explore and learn but to discover how they can contribute to the world. CEFA students develop and play well with other children who are the same age, and they are always learning and playing—not just learning, and not just playing. Academics matter. At CEFA, core fundamental skills are at the heart of our curriculum, which is constantly advancing.
Students are also exposed to natural science where they observe life through seed cycles, gardening, observation of insects, animals, and the human body. This program introduces the children to various subjects depending on interest and the season.
Our science curriculum is strongly guided by students and follows a project-based approach, nurturing creative thinking, leadership skills and reasoning abilities.
CEFA introduces learning through real life objects and opportunities. Technology can also serve as a valuable tool for documentation – children can make short videos or take photos of their learning experiences to help to re-live and re-explore, thus continuing the learning process.
Children engineer by solving problems. Our program offers engaging and stimulating problem solving experiences for children. We incorporate activities with materials and situations that require solving, and are interesting and meaningful for students. Engineering activities provide opportunities for children to grow and mature, and engineering through design challenges promote social and emotional learning.
As children engineer, they build empathy by working alongside their peers to solve a problem.
Mathematics is not only a core subject but is incorporated into many other areas of our curriculum, including reading, music and science. CEFA's Math Program teaches children to quantify numbers and understand the fundamentals of addition, division, and multiplication in upper level classes. These strong concepts taught in the Junior Kindergarten programs leave students well-equipped for entrance into elementary school.
Our program provides students with the tools to build upon their vocabulary and literacy skills. Teachers follow the progress of each child, and each year, parents are invited to learn the CEFA letter-by-letter method: A simple, playful and effective way to teach your child to read at home.
It introduces students to essential pre-writing and fine motor exercises that train hand muscles to write, develops hand-eye coordination, and familiarizes children with lines, curves, letters and words. Writing is introduced every day with a combination of fine motor, games and activities, sensory experiences, drawing, and one-to-one writing.
Children are often introduced to abstract mathematical language prematurely. As a result, many children struggle to grasp their meaning. Early math is as important as early reading. Children must learn the concepts behind math symbols, and we need to be very deliberate in the language we use to teach math concepts in the early years. In essence, children must understand how to read and speak math before they can engage in math.
Children have super curious brains. They want to learn more, and our Math Language program provides children with an essential foundation and bridge for continued learning.
At CEFA, Dance is an important part of our curriculum because we teach the whole child, and this is a great opportunity for children to express themselves from the inside out.
The CEFA music curriculum proudly incorporates the award-winning program Fun with Composers Series. Through the integration of children’s literature, storytelling, drama, creative movement, song and instrumental play, classical music is taken from its sophisticated, mysterious realm to one that is completely child-centered.
By choosing how to play, who to play with, and what to play, children further develop their creativity. At the same time, unstructured play gives children the opportunity to engage with others, and learn how to socialize in the process.
The process of exploring and nurturing creativity helps to provide a new language and another avenue for children to express themselves. Art experiences are presented daily in the classroom, with CEFA trained art teachers working with children on a weekly basis.
We all work together to give children a sense of belonging and the power to make things different.
Children who are taught to find their voice, ultimately learn that they can make a difference.
Children are also inspired to be empathetic, responsible, and highly collaborative.
These crucial skills have been shown to effectively increase self-control, self-confidence, self-respect, positive communication and listening skills. Children learn to appreciate themselves and their peers, and show increased empathy and compassion for others. Children also learn to self sooth, relax on demand, and to have an outlet in times of physical and psychological stress.
Yoga is also excellent exercise for young children.
Hands-on learning and natural environments stimulate children's senses through what they hear, touch, see and feel. Outdoor play with other children helps them gain social skills by interacting, collaborating, and negotiating with others.