The Creative Curriculum is an early childhood education program that demonstrates and provides a framework for how to incorporate core learning objectives into everyday experience and play, in and outside of the classroom. It encourages guided learning and a teaching style which focuses on meeting children where they are by stage of development, both as individuals and as part of a group. The Creative Curriculum encourages purposeful observation of children at play and a variety of creative approaches to the classroom that ensure all parties—teacher, child and family—an active role in the learning process. Using the Creative Curriculum, each classroom seeks to find the balance between applying a general knowledge of child development with the particular knowledge a teacher gains by forming a relationship with each child and family.
There are four primary categories of goals and objectives for the Creative Curriculum classroom. These include:
1. Social/Emotional Development: Children are growing in their sense of self, learning responsibility for self and others, and learning pro-social behavior.
2. Physical Development: Children are developing gross motor and fine motor skills.
3. Cognitive Development: Children are learning problem solving, developing logical thinking, and symbolic thinking.
4. Language Development: Children are developing listening and speaking skills, early reading and writing skills.
Listed below are just a few of the highlights of the Creative Curriculum:
- Children are encouraged to experiment, explore and pursue their own unique interests.
- Teachers provide opportunities for every child to pursue his or her special talents and demonstrate areas of strength.
- Classrooms are organized into interest areas designed to foster fun learning experiences through daily activities.
To learn more about how we utilize The Creative Curriculum here at NWCCC, be sure to check out Our Programs!