Creative Curriculum

At Great Expectations we believe that children respond and learn the best when relaxed and having fun.  Therefore all of our classrooms from birth to school-age follow The Creative Curriculum.  The Creative Curriculum is a resource tool that we use to help us plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program.  Our teachers are trained and our classrooms are set up to help promote children’s social-emotional development and learning in the areas of literacy, math, science and social studies.

Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddler & Twos

At this early age we focus on meeting each individual child’s basic needs so that they feel safe, comfortable and loved in this environment away from home.  The relationship your child makes with their teacher will help build their social-emotional and brain development.  Our classrooms are set up to be an engaging learning environment and allow for a great amount of flexibility that is needed to maintain each child’s own schedule.

Through daily routines and play your child will have the opportunity to learn new skills such as making choices, solving problems, positive interaction with others and build language and literacy skills among many others.  The teacher will also be offering activities and experiences that allow them to explore and make new discoveries.  These experiences will become the building blocks for successful learning.

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Creative Curriculum for Preschool

For children ages 3 – 5 years old The Creative Curriculum is a play based curriculum that revolves around active learning and open-ended exploration.  Classrooms are arranged and divided into interest areas, such as block building, dramatic play, art, library, toys and games, sensory play and discovery. Each area is filled with developmentally appropriate materials that children can use in creative play and discovery.

Children will learn from watching other children, asking questions and exploring on their own.  Children learn best when they are active so while they are busy doing their work (play) they will be growing in each area of development – social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The fine motor skills your child builds in their hands and arms while playing in the sand will be needed later when they are trying to squeeze a scissors or hold a pencil firmly to write their name.

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Teachers establish a consistent daily schedule so the children know what to expect at different times of the day and what is expected of them.  Besides time spent in the interest areas of the classroom, there will be times that children will meet as a large group and in small groups to participate in teacher led activities.  During large group time the children will meet to talk about the plan for their day, listen to stories and be involved in music and movement activities.  During the course of the day the teacher will also have a chance to interact and observe children in small groups during interest area time as well as gather small groups of children to work on planned activities and projects.

In both The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos and The Creative Curriculum for Preschool teachers observe and gather information on each individual child’s growth and development.  Twice a year teachers fill out an assessment on your child to check the progress your child is making and identify any special areas of concern.  Parent-teacher conferences are set up for all classrooms in the spring but a meeting can be set up with parents at any time during the year to discuss their child’s progress.