Creative Curriculum

Teaching young children is a creative process.  Early Childhood teachers do not need to follow a strict course of study.  Nor can they simply react to what happens each day, without any goals or plans in mind.  Creative Curriculum provides a framework for our teachers to set in motion the center’s philosophy, goals, and objectives for children as well as guidelines for teaching that address all aspects of a child’s development.  The primary teaching goal is to help young children use their environment productively and see themselves as capable learners. We want to help our children develop the skills and understanding that will enable them to make sense of the world and to succeed in it.  The Creative Curriculum builds on Erik Erikson’s stages of socio-emotional development, Jean Piaget’s theories of how children think and learn, on principles of physical development, and an appreciation of cultural influences.

To implement the Creative Curriculum effectivly, teachers, administrators, and parents must appreciate the value of play and its role in helping children learn the skills that will ensure their academic success. From the time they are born children are constantly trying to understand the world by interacting with their environment, with materials, and with other people.  If we want children to be successful learners now and in the future, we have to teach them to think for themselves, to solve problems, and to get along with others.  These abilities are acquired when children are encouraged to explore their environment actively, to solve real problems that have meaning for them, and to work cooperatively with others to complete a task.  This is what children are doing when they are playing. To promote play our teachers create an interesting and inviting environment filled with materials and objects that attract children and inspire their explorations.  Our teachers engage in conversations with the children about what they are doing to help them label and organize their world and to challenge their thinking.  The types of environments we create help children develop a sense of trust and belonging.  Children can feel safe and encouraged to explore not only materials but also their relationships with peers and adults.  They feel important and valued when others listen to them, seek out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves.

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