We have chosen the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers based on its developmentally appropriate approach to learning. The philosophy behind the Creative Curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in.
In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking).
In using real materials such as blocks and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors, and they notice relationships between things.
Teachers plan curriculum based on themes. These themes are related to either nature and seasonal changes happening right outside our window, or they are based on the interests of the children in each class. The length of a theme or project is determined by the class and their level of engagement. If the children remain involved and continue to seek information and experiences, themes could last any where between a few days or several weeks.
While planning, teachers consider the ranges of development within each group and include activities for children at all levels of learning. Our goal is always support, encourage and scaffold each child’s learning, never to frustrate.
Our program addresses the needs of the whole child, taking into account all of their developmental needs: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. We feel that a program that addresses only the cognitive or academic needs of children cannot prepare them with all of the skills they will need for life.