We know a whole-child approach to learning is the most developmentally appropriate way to educate children. Why? Because a whole-child approach fosters all areas of children’s development and learning – from social-emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math, and science understanding – and is a powerful approach as preschool children transition to kindergarten. This is why we chose to use the state approved, research based curriculum The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
With The Creative Curriculum®, children are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they’re familiar with from their everyday lives. Children find opportunities for rigorous skill development like counting, measurement, and language comprehension while also developing positive relationships, gross-motor skills, and problem solving abilities.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways.
These are the principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
- Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos insures that ample personal attention to the developmental needs of each child are met. Activities in the curriculum are designed to take advantage of how a baby’s daily routine can serve as a basis of learning throughout the day. They are centered on playtime, cuddling time, meal, diapering and rest time. Books, songs and rhymes, games, face to face interactions, and fine and gross motor activities are integrated into our program on a daily basis. It is flexible enough to respect each baby’s individuality and each family’s unique parenting style.
Toddlers are active learners with rapidly developing skills; they learn language, problem solving skills, and fine and gross motor skills through investigation, experimentation and repetition. The curriculum provides teachers with the framework to promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of toddlers.