Curriculum

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Curriculum

Our theme-based curriculum is based on The Creative Curriculum. This curriculum is used as a framework for developing our daily plans and learning experiences for children. This curriculum emphasizes that children learn best by doing. Learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first-hand about the world we live in. Each room is designed with learning centers (art, blocks and manipulatives, library, dramatic play, sensory, etc.) from which children choose from a variety of developmentally appropriate activities throughout the day. There are both teacher-directed and child-directed activities, which are designed to actively engage children in learning and promote their creative expression. Children are engaged in developmentally appropriate activities in both large and small group settings, as well as individual choice times where children can select their own activities. The ultimate goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners.

 The Creative Curriculum has developed a list of goals and objectives for Infants and Toddlers and another for Preschoolers. The goals for each age group are listed below.

The Creative Curriculum
Goals and Objectives for Infants and Toddlers (ages 0 to 36 months) Goals and Objectives for Preschoolers (ages 3 – 5)
Learn About Themselves Social Emotional
To feel valued and secure in their relationships Regulate their own emotions and behaviors
To feel competent and proud about what they can do Establish and sustain positive relationships
To express their independence Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
Learn About Their Feelings Physical
To communicate a broad range of emotions through gestures sounds and eventually words Demonstrate traveling and balancing skills
To express their feelings in appropriate ways Demonstrate gross-motor manipulative skills
Learn About Others Demonstrate fine-motor strength and coordination
To develop trusting relationships with nurturing adults Language
To show interest in peers Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
To demonstrate caring and cooperation Uses language to express thoughts and needs
Learn About Communicating Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
To express needs and thoughts without using words Cognitive
To identify with a home language Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
To respond to verbal and nonverbal commands Remembers and connects experiences
To communicate through language Uses classification skills
Learn About Moving and Doing Uses symbols and imagine to represent something not present
To develop gross motor skills Literacy
To develop fine motor skills Demonstrates phonological awareness
To coordinate eye and hand movements Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
To develop self-help skills Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
Acquire Thinking Skills Demonstrates emergent writing skills
To gain an understanding of basic concepts and relationships Mathematics
To apply knowledge to new situations Uses number concepts and operations
To develop strategies for problem solving Explores and describes spatial relationships
Compares and measures
Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
Science & Technology
Uses scientific inquiry skills
Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things
Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
Demonstrates knowledge of Earths environment
Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks
Social Studies
Demonstrates knowledge about self
Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
Explores change related to familiar people or places
The Arts
Explores the visual arts
Explores musical concepts and expression
Explores dance and movement concepts
Explores drama through actions and language
English Language Acquisition
Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English
Demonstrates progress in speaking English

Development typically unfolds in progressive steps. Children typically don’t master a skill all at once. There is a sequence of steps that children typically follow when reaching developmental milestones. It is important to remember that each child will progress at their own rate, with some children able to master skills quickly, and others more slowly. Through the activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, the toys and materials provided in each classroom, the daily schedule and our interactions with the children and their families, we can accomplish the goals of our curriculum.