The most important goal of this curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. The goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool and kindergarten, but all through their lives. Each child is allowed to learn at his/her own pace and in the way that is best for him/her. We are giving children good habits and attitudes, especially a positive sense of self, which will make a difference throughout their years.
From The Creative Curriculum, Diane Trister Dodge and Joanna Phinney:
The Creative Curriculum is implemented in a way that allows for modifications and adaptations to ensure success for all children enrolled. It is implemented in a way that is responsive to family home values, beliefs, and experiences.
Our Christian curriculum is incorporated into our curriculum with the addition of a monthly chapel service, a kid-friendly version of the 10 commandments, special devotional materials, and prayers to be used during the day. Our Christian curriculum is age-appropriate and designed to be easily understood by the children.
Part of our curriculum
involves assessing each child’s development and progress while they are
enrolled in the program, and using the results from those assessments to guide
curriculum planning. Teachers receive ongoing training in how to assess child
progress, and how to use the information obtained through the assessment to
individualize the learning for that child. Teachers plan lessons according to
the interests of the children, and plan the activities according to the needs
of the children. Lesson plans will show the individualized learning activities
planned for certain children. All children in the class will participate in the
activity, but certain children will be learning specific objectives while
participating in the activity. These children will be noted on the lesson plan
by numbers or initials.