The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool Children is a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on building relationships, the learning environment, how children learn and how Teacher’s and Families can work together to strengthen the child’s growth and development, ensuring school readiness.
The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. The Creative Curriculum is one of the country’s leading research-based preschool curricula that applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool clearly defines the teacher’s vital role in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children. Children will participate in Large and Fine Motor Activities, Creative Art, Sensory, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Activities each day. Children will balance their time between teacher-directed activities and child-initiated activities. The outdoor environment is an extension of the classroom, where children have the opportunity to continue their learning outdoors at least twice daily.
The environment is divided up between 10 learning areas: blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, science and discovery, sand and water, music and movement, computers, and the outdoors. Children also participate in cooking projects, field trips, and other special events throughout the year.
Lesson plans are developed around a weekly exploration topic, based off of the children’s interests, not just some topic out of a box. Activities are developed around specific goals and objectives that your child’s class is working on. Research proves that children learn best when the topic is relevant and interesting to the group of children. Lesson plans are emailed out to all families and are posted in the classroom, along with a monthly calendar of classroom events. This is a great extension to the child’s learning and helps you and your child make the important connection between home and school.
EXAMPLE LESSON PLAN
Classroom materials and toys are rotated each week to go along with the weekly exploration topic. New items are placed in the learning centers to enhance the environment, keeping it relevant, fresh and fun for the children.