The most important goal of the Creative Curriculum is for children to get along with others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We are teaching them HOW to LEARN, not just at a certain age but as Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences (lesson plans) that help children grow in all areas.
The Creative Curriculum identifies goals in four area of development: Social/emotional – to help children develop into themselves, gain self confidence, independence, and self control, follow rules, and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group. Physical – to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like drawing, cutting, writing, buttoning, zipping, and stringing beads. Cognitive – to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to ask questions, identify feelings, problem solve, matching and making patterns, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing and counting – and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned. Language – to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for purpose.
Throughout the lesson plans and the activities we plan combined with the way we organize the classroom, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give each and every child a successful foundation for school.