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.

INNOVATORS

Preparing children for the demands of tomorrow.

S.T.E.M

Science
Technology
Engineering
Math

MASTERMINDS

Giving children a foundation for school success.

Literacy

Reading
Writing
Math Language
Second Language

CREATORS

Developing your child's creativity and skill of creative thinking.

Arts

Dance
Music
Creative Play
Drama
Visual Arts

Click on the back of a Curriculum block above to learn more about the courses offered within each block.

S.T.E.M

Science
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The CEFA Science Program introduces students to the scientific method where they are presented with questions, probabilities, hypothesis testing and how to draw conclusions.

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.
Technology
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CEFA Early Learning schools are very careful not to use technology to replace tangible experiences in the classrooms. Instead of teaching math or writing through apps, we provide games children can use with all of their senses, and manipulate at will. The use of their hands, their senses, and the ability to hold and work with a real objects, plays a very important role in childhood development.

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.
Engineering
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The CEFA Engineering Program is part of our S.T.E.M. curriculum, playing a fundamental role in setting the foundations for future learning.

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.
Math
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Introducing mathematics in early childhood education is proven to promote language and literacy skills. We place a great emphasis on helping students gain reasoning skills, and apply mathematical concepts introduced in a practical way.

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.
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LITERACY

Reading
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Literacy is strongly encouraged at CEFA, as it is one of the most important skills a child requires to be successful at school, and in life. Research shows that learning to read at a young age is excellent for brain development and lifelong academic success. The CEFA Early Education Reading program was designed to teach children to read, not only phonetically, but also by developing the seven essential components of reading.

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.
Writing
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Our exclusive writing program at CEFA was created to promote child development in the early years.

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.
Math Language
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Math helps children problem solve, measure and develop their own spatial awareness, and teaches them how to use and understand shapes.

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.
Second Language
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The CEFA Second Language Program is carefully designed to be mindful and meaningful, created to instill the habit of curiosity and lifelong learning. The early learning of languages is known to stimulate children's cognitive capability and improve their ability to process information, including memory, speech, and sensory perception for life. Research shows that children who learn more than one language have advanced reading skills, are more socially aware, and have better vocabulary in their native language.
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ARTS

Dance
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Dance is the physical expression through movement and rhythm of relationships, feelings, and ideas. Dance fosters opportunities for discussion and practice. In a safe and secure environment, students can explore how to express feelings, interpret the emotions of others and practice being empathetic people. Research shows that when children dance together, their abilities to collaborate and cooperate improve.

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.
Music
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Learning and playing music at a young age significantly influences early childhood development including verbal communication, problem solving, and sensory awareness. CEFA’s Music Program is taught with a wide variety of musical instruments that assist children in learning how to creatively interpret the fundamentals of music such as notes, tempos and musical appreciation.

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.
Creative Play
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Creative Play celebrates self-discovery. Nurturing self-expression is an essential part of CEFA’s proprietary curriculum. Our schools present every component of our academic curriculum in the form of games, fun projects, and engaging activities. In addition, CEFA Early Learning ensures that children have time to explore the classroom at their own pace while interacting with others and the classroom environment in their own creative way.

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.
Visual Arts
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Visual arts enables our students to explore colors, textures, materials, and other interesting, tactical items. Children are exposed to art history, learning about famous artists and artistic styles. They explore three dimensional art, natural life art, light table work, and many other exciting techniques.

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.
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MINDFULNESS

Citizenship
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Citizenship is more than the affiliation we have with our country. For children, their first citizenship is with their family. Then, they are citizens of their communities, including their peer group at school, their neighbourhood, their city, and onwards. At CEFA, children learn the dynamics of these layers, and how ultimately, we are all citizens of this earth. Understanding this clarifies a sense of belonging on many levels, and helps them examine how to become better citizens. An example of this, is how we incorporate being mindful of things like waste. We use this as a key tool in our curriculum to educate in context. Our students learn not to waste water. They are taught to put it in a class plant or use it to wash the paint brushes. This helps them learn that they can make a difference as citizens of this world and their communities. Children also learn that they can make a bigger difference when they work together

We all work together to give children a sense of belonging and the power to make things different.
Contribution
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At Core Education & Fine Arts, children learn that they have a voice and it is important. Children also learn to have courage in expressing themselves, and to have respect for others when they do the same. Not only are children taught the importance of contribution, they are also taught the importance of listening to and observing other children's contributions. Children learn how they can contribute to their families, their friend groups, their class, and support their communities to help change the world. Children will learn about how their actions impact others. Enrolment in our CEFA Early Learning Private School means your child will have four years to learn what it’s like to care about something or someone.

Children who are taught to find their voice, ultimately learn that they can make a difference.
Culture Immersion
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The CEFA Cultural Immersion program immerses children in a variety of cultural and linguistic co-curriculums which help children understand and appreciate different perspectives from around the world. Children are exposed to greater insights, diverse sources of creativity, and enhanced social and learning skills that they benefit from throughout life. Culture immersion is very important in the early years. Diversity has a direct impact on student performance. Students learn and perform better in diverse environments. Children who experience cultural immersion are more likely to have heightened problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills.

Children are also inspired to be empathetic, responsible, and highly collaborative.
Yoga
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The CEFA Yoga Program teaches students breathing techniques and yoga poses that enhance concentration, increase flexibility and balance, boosts confidence and relaxes the mind.

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.
Outdoor & Nature Program
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These days, children are spending more time than ever indoors, playing on iphones, or streaming tv. However, there is so much available research on the benefits of outdoor play. Playing outdoors promotes well-being and wholesome physical development. At CEFA, children get outdoors twice daily and engage in games and materials designed to further their physical development. Our students learn about the natural elements and their surroundings when they are outside. For example, they learn about the weather and the change in seasons. Outdoor play experiences can help develop gross motor skills and muscles at the same time.

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.
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Discover more tools for Early Learning Education!

At CEFA, your child will be provided the freedom to learn and grow through play with our proprietary curriculum, which also serves to prepare them for kindergarten, and for life

CEFA Founder & Early Learning Expert, Natacha Beim, designed CEFA for children to not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to the world.

The CEFA curriculum is award-winning and is constantly advancing. We diligently stay on top of the latest news and research in the field of Early Childhood Education and Early Learning.  We also endeavor to share with parents, quality articles written by our experts and featured in our Blog— and our soon to be released CEFA Ezine.