To develop the whole child through an inquiry play-based environment that fosters creativity, academic growth, and social emotional development and inspires a passion for learning.
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. This curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards . It features goals and objectives linked directly to our valid and reliable assessment instrument.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool translates new research and theory from the field of early childhood education into a creative approach to working with children and their families. It is a comprehensive curriculum with a particular focus on interest areas.
Theory and Research
Child development theory and scientific research are the foundation of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.
Abraham Maslow–Basic needs and learning Erik Erikson–The emotions and learning
Jean Piaget--Logical thinking and reasoning Lev Vygotsky–Social interaction and learning
Howard Gardner--Multiple intelligences Sara Smilansky–Play and learning
Research on learning and resiliency Research on learning and the brain
Not only is every aspect of The Creative Curriculum based on sound developmental theory and evidence-based research, but numerous research studies have been conducted to validate its effectiveness.
How Children Develop and Learn
Knowing how children develop and learn is the basis for our curriculum.
The Creative Curriculum enhances social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Goals and objectives for each of these developmental areas are organized into The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5.
The Learning Environment
The learning environment is the structure of the classroom that sets the context for teaching and learning.
The physical space of The Creative Curriculum classroom is organized into interest centers:
Table Toys and Games
Sand and Water
Music and Movement
The center areas plus the outdoor space offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover, and learn.
Interest areas provide a setting for children to learn academic content and apply skills.
What Children Learn
On the basis of scientific research and state and professional standards, The Creative Curriculum identifies the knowledge, skills, and concepts important for preschool children to acquire in each content area: literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology.
We describe the key components of these content areas:
Literacy: vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books and other texts, and sources of enjoyment
Mathematics: numbers; patterns and relationships; geometry and spatial awareness; measurement; and data collection, organization, and representation
Science: physical science, life science, and earth and the environment
Social Studies: spaces and geography, people and how they live, people and the environment, and people and the past
The Arts: dance, music, drama, and the visual arts
Technology: awareness of technology, basic operations and concepts, technological tools, and people and technology
Most importantly, we teach these subject areas in ways that respect how preschool children develop and learn.