Our curriculum is designed with the child in mind. Using Creative Curriculum as the frame work for teaching and learning, we are confident your child will receive a comprehensive instructional program. We are keenly aware that children develop at different paces and stages as this is a time when children are exploring new concepts, learning about themselves, gaining independence, and interacting with others and their surroundings. With that in mind, we have divided our curriculum into four areas of development.
· Social/Emotional: This area of development is a time when children are learning how to socialize – how to get along with others. Creative Curriculum states “it’s the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society.” We will focus on three goals: achieving a sense of self, taking responsibility for self and others, and behaving in a pro-social way.
· Physical Development: This area of development focuses on developing fine (small muscle) and gross (large muscle) motor skills. Children begin to learn about how their bodies move and grow as they gain a sense of self-confidence in their physical abilities. We will focus on two goals: achieving gross motor skills and achieving fine motor skills.
· Cognitive Development: This area of development focuses on the mind and how information is processed and comprehended. This is an important area of development as children are learning about how they learn, and use what they learn to interact with the world around them. We will focus on three goals: learning and problem solving, thinking logically, and representing and thinking symbolically.
· Language Development: This area of development focuses on understanding and communicating through words. Children experience a variety of settings that require them to listen, read, write or speak. These communication tools are critical skills that help children develop and gain a self-extending system. We will focus on two goals: listening and speaking and reading and writing.
Theme-based Curriculum Two and three year olds will experience a theme-based approach to learning. Four year olds will experience a theme-based approach in conjunction with reading, writing and math extensions to prepare them for kindergarten.
Monthly Themes Daily instruction will follow a theme-based format tied to specific learning activities and assessments.
January – New Year's
February – Transportation
March – Forest Animals
April – Weather
May – Caterpillars
June – Summer Safety
July – Fourth of July
August – Birds
September – Welcome Week
October – Trees
November – Farm Animals
December – Snow
Teachers will use age-appropriate lesson plans aligned with the monthly themes. Based upon the themes, teachers
will use their own enhancements and teaching styles to create engaging and purposeful activities and learning
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a character education program designed especially for young children. This program
teaches children the power of living according to principles and values. With the support of the family, children learn
the importance of respecting others, making good choices, and doing the right thing... even when no on is looking.