Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum encourages children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills. The curriculum helps teachers to understand developmentally appropriate practice and to create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to children’s strengths, interests and needs.
Teaching Strategies, creators of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, states The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool 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. The curriculum provides clear guidance on the teacher’s role in addressing content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology while focusing on the primary importance of social and emotional development in children’s learning.
In addition to The Creative Curriculum, our Pre-K classroom incorporates Handwriting without Tears and Everyday in Pre-K Math into the curriculum.
Preschool Chapel is conducted weekly for the three-year-old and Pre-K classes. Rector Fr. Kaynor shares a Bible story with the children. Christian holidays are celebrated, and Grace is offered before snack.
- Music classes are offered weekly for all programs.
- Creative Movement classes are offered weekly for all programs.
- Other enrichment opportunities include plays, guest speakers and school wide events.