We utilize the Creative Curriculum, which is a research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum that guides how the environment is set up as well as the types of play and experiences in which the children need to engage. The curriculum also outlines the objectives for learning and development for children from birth through Kindergarten. It is a comprehensive curriculum that is rooted in constructivism, which is sometimes referred to as learning through play.
Interest Areas of the Curriculum
The 11 Interest Areas are as follows: Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys & Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Sand & Water, Music & Movement, Cooking, Computers & Outdoor Play.
The children in our program are assessed three times a year using the complementary assessment tool to the Creative Curriculum, which is Teaching Strategies Gold. The assessment tool tracks the children’s learning and development in the following domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, and Mathematics. There are 38 objectives that are tracked and comprehensive reports are provided to highlight what your child is doing presently and what you can expect to see in the future. An additional report gives a snapshot of whether your child is meeting the widely held expectations for his or her age, where he or she may be exceeding the expectations or in rare instances, where he or she may be falling short of meeting the widely held expectations. It is an online tool that families have access to as well, so documentation may be added by family members of what the child may be doing at home. There are also resources for suggested activities and other valuable information that is available to enrolled families.
If you would like to learn more about the Creative Curriculum and/or Teaching Strategies Gold, please visit http://www.teachingstrategies.com/.