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OUR CURRICULUM


Our Curriculum:

Our philosophy as educators and caregivers of your child is to provide them with the best possible care and exceptional first learning experiences. Our commitment is to form lifelong learning experiences allowing every child to become independent, self confident and inquisitive learners. To achieve the highest goals, we have chosen to use Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum is a blueprint for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program. Its effectiveness in helping children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners is well documented. This framework represents five main components:

1. How Children Develop and Learn: what preschool children are like in terms of their social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development, and the characteristics and experiences that make each child unique.

2. The Learning Environment: the structure of the classroom that makes it possible for teachers to teach and children to learn. This includes how teachers set up and maintain interest areas in the classroom, establish schedules and routines, organize choice times and small and large group times, and create a classroom community where children learn how to get along with others and solve problems peacefully.

3. What Children Learn: the body of knowledge included in national and state standards and research reports for six content areas - literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology - and the process skills children use to learn that content. Children learn content and skills through daily experiences.

4. The Teacher's Role: how careful observations of children lead to a variety of instructional strategies to guide children's learning. Teacher and child interaction is extremely important to their development.

5. The Family's Role: the benefits of developing a partnership with every family and working together to support children's optimal development and learning. This includes getting to know the families, communicating with them regularly, partnering on children's learning, and responding to challenging situations.

The curriculum provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child's social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language and creative development. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunities to be creative, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills, enhance their early literacy skills and learn concepts through first-hand experiences in math, science, technology and social studies. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self and teacher initiated activities. Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are provided. Our teachers serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's individual needs.

To learn more about Creative Curriculum see here: www.teachingstrategies.com

Learning Centers:

The physical environment of our classrooms make it possible for teachers to teach and children to learn. A setting that is safe, attractive, comfortable and well designed with plenty of space helps children to engage in the activities that each teacher offers. By dividing physical space into interesting learning centers, children want to explore, make things, experiment and pursue their own interests. Separate interest areas offer children a variety of clear choices, establishes schedules and routines, organize choice times, small and large group times, and creates a classroom community by where children learn how to get along with others and solve problems together. As a result, they are helped to become independent and confident learners.

Below is a description of each learning center, click on each link:

Block & Construction Center

Dramatic Play

Toys and Games/Math Readiness

Art Center/Creative Expression

Library/Listening/Language Center

Science and Discovery Center

Sand and Water

Music and Movement

Cooking Center

Computer Center

Outdoor Play











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