Below are ways in which we use the Creative Curriculum components in our program to facilitate the positive growth and development of the children we serve:
The Creative Curriculum’s Developmental Continuum is used to assess the stages of development of each child in order to adequately plan activities and experiences that meet the needs of each individual child. Children develop and learn through active participation in hands on activities such as cooking activities, art projects, and working with a variety of manipulative toys. Additionally, teachers facilitate children’s learning by asking questions, participating in play, as well as planning and implementing activities that fall into the child’s zone of proximal development. They increasingly add challenges in order to move children to the next stage of their development.
The learning environment has been well planned and arranged to promote the best outcomes for each individual child by offering materials, activities, and experiences representative of the nationally mandated developmental domains and indicators for early childhood programs. The room arrangement provides interest areas which offer materials and supplies that encourage and promote confidence and independence. The classroom environment is “print-rich,” consisting of children’s dictation of stories, listings of their observations, and pictorial recipes for cooking experiences. Their art work also is displayed around the classroom with descriptions. Furthermore, the Creative Curriculum guides the teaching staff on how to establish daily routines and maintain a schedule that provides structure, but allows flexibility.
The teachers are required to use this curriculum as a basic framework for developing lesson plans and the organization of the environment. Teachers also are expected and encouraged to incorporate other resources and teaching aids that will benefit and support learning experiences for all children.
The Creative Curriculum has provided guidance for the teaching staff to help support the way children learn content and skills through daily experiences. The six content areas on which we focus include literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology, along with the process skills children use to learn that content.
Individualization is a key aspect of the Creative Curriculum and a result of ongoing assessment, which is linked to the Creative Curriculum goals. Additionally, individualization allows teachers planning for each child to reflect their interests, the Creative Curriculum domain of learning, as well as each child’s learning style.
An essential part of the Creative Curriculum is observation & assessment. The teachers record observations and anecdotal notes of children on a regular basis and document each child’s progress (strengths and challenges). Lesson Plans are developed based on the recorded observations and anecdotal notes, as well as children’s needs and interests. The planned learning activities aid in the growth and development of each child. In addition to observations and anecdotal notes further evidence of the learning process is documented, maintained and updated for each child via photographs and student work that is labeled, dated and summarized.
In addition to observations and anecdotal notes, further evidence of the learning process is documented, maintained, and updated for each child via photographs and student work that is labeled, dated and summarized. The information collected is then used to complete the Creative Curriculum Individual Child Profile & Assessment in order to document and track the child’s progress or lack thereof throughout the year.