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Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum® balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. Resting on a firm foundation of research, it has an environmentally-based approach that defines the vital role of the teacher in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children and offers a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on interest areas. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, the Creative Curriculum® enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

  • How Children Develop & Learn

  • The Learning Environment

  • What Children Learn

  • The Teacher's Role

  • The Family's Role

  • These Components Rest on a Solid Foundation of Research

The Creative Curriculum® provides teachers with a clear and concrete way to apply child development and learning theories to their everyday work with preschool children. Its underlying philosophy draws from widely accepted research and theories of child development and learning. The Creative Curriculum® is applied to an environmental framework that focuses planning around indoor and outdoor interest areas, and clearly defined logical goals and objectives.

Our Curriculum Elements

science-development

As their cognitive and physical abilities develop, preschool children are increasingly able to advance scientific reasoning, to develop and test their own theories, and to engage in long-term experiments. Our programs and curriculum build on children’s prior knowledge to broaden their understanding of scientific disciplines, from physics to chemistry to earth science, by:

  • Participating in cooking projects
  • Testing the concept of gravity with small objects
  • Using an atlas or globe to study terrain differences
  • Participating in multi-skill experiments
  • Disassembling objects such as old roller skates and toy trucks
  • Working with teachers to research questions and solve problems using resources on the internet
science

Preschool children are enthusiastic mathematicians, engaging in math regularly as they build block towers, make patterns on canvas, complete puzzles, or measure the length of a shadow. Our teachers ensure children don’t simply learn numbers by routine, but instead build mathematical understanding to solve real, everyday problems by:

  • Comparing and contrasting items by characteristics
  • Using segments of time such as an hour, minute, or second
  • Following complex directions in sequence
  • Estimating the number of seeds in a pumpkin or crayons in a box with increased accuracy
  • Solving simple number problems
language

At Grace Preschool, language, literacy and communication skills are embedded into all of a child’s daily experiences. Our teachers create meaningful classroom experiences to help children use and build their growing vocabulary while developing the ability to communicate in increasingly complex ways, such as:

  • Identifying alphabet letters and learning beginning and ending word sounds
  • Identifying sight words
  • Initiating extended conversations with teachers and peers
  • Retelling simple events in sequence
  • Reading high-quality children’s books
  • Exploring print materials such as instructions, recipes, menus, classroom signs, and non-fiction books
  • Writing in journals
art

Preschool is an ideal time to introduce children to increasingly intricate artistic experiences that enhance development in areas such as math, vocabulary, and problem-solving. Our teachers extend children’s skills and knowledge through open-ended, meaningful, and process-oriented art experiences, such as:

  • Sculpting with clay and etching tools
  • Writing and illustrating books
  • Learning about musicians and playing instruments
  • Playing musical games that encourage movement to different beats
  • Acting out an original story using costumes, props and masks
spanish

Preschool children are increasingly interested in the diversity of people, cultures, and the environment. Our teachers foster the development of all areas of children’s emotional intelligence including interpersonal skills, compassion, acceptance, and personal responsibility, by:

  • Using favorite things to make “all about me” collages
  • Making get well cards for peers, teachers, or community members
  • Cooking diverse, healthy foods and listening to cultural music
  • Playing cooperatively in dramatic play areas
  • Having class jobs that require care of materials, plants, and pets
  • Setting up a classroom recycling station
+ Science Development
science-development

As their cognitive and physical abilities develop, preschool children are increasingly able to advance scientific reasoning, to develop and test their own theories, and to engage in long-term experiments. Our programs and curriculum build on children’s prior knowledge to broaden their understanding of scientific disciplines, from physics to chemistry to earth science, by:

  • Participating in cooking projects
  • Testing the concept of gravity with small objects
  • Using an atlas or globe to study terrain differences
  • Participating in multi-skill experiments
  • Disassembling objects such as old roller skates and toy trucks
  • Working with teachers to research questions and solve problems using resources on the internet
+ Math Matters
science

Preschool children are enthusiastic mathematicians, engaging in math regularly as they build block towers, make patterns on canvas, complete puzzles, or measure the length of a shadow. Our teachers ensure children don’t simply learn numbers by routine, but instead build mathematical understanding to solve real, everyday problems by:

  • Comparing and contrasting items by characteristics
  • Using segments of time such as an hour, minute, or second
  • Following complex directions in sequence
  • Estimating the number of seeds in a pumpkin or crayons in a box with increased accuracy
  • Solving simple number problems
+ Language Development
language

At Grace Preschool, language, literacy and communication skills are embedded into all of a child’s daily experiences. Our teachers create meaningful classroom experiences to help children use and build their growing vocabulary while developing the ability to communicate in increasingly complex ways, such as:

  • Identifying alphabet letters and learning beginning and ending word sounds
  • Identifying sight words
  • Initiating extended conversations with teachers and peers
  • Retelling simple events in sequence
  • Reading high-quality children’s books
  • Exploring print materials such as instructions, recipes, menus, classroom signs, and non-fiction books
  • Writing in journals
+ Art Experience
art

Preschool is an ideal time to introduce children to increasingly intricate artistic experiences that enhance development in areas such as math, vocabulary, and problem-solving. Our teachers extend children’s skills and knowledge through open-ended, meaningful, and process-oriented art experiences, such as:

  • Sculpting with clay and etching tools
  • Writing and illustrating books
  • Learning about musicians and playing instruments
  • Playing musical games that encourage movement to different beats
  • Acting out an original story using costumes, props and masks
+ My World
spanish

Preschool children are increasingly interested in the diversity of people, cultures, and the environment. Our teachers foster the development of all areas of children’s emotional intelligence including interpersonal skills, compassion, acceptance, and personal responsibility, by:

  • Using favorite things to make “all about me” collages
  • Making get well cards for peers, teachers, or community members
  • Cooking diverse, healthy foods and listening to cultural music
  • Playing cooperatively in dramatic play areas
  • Having class jobs that require care of materials, plants, and pets
  • Setting up a classroom recycling station