Theory of Our Curriculum

The Bible

We believe that God’s principles are woven into everything we learn about. While children study the world around them like colors, plants, animals, science, etc.…, we connect their concrete world with Bible verses and stories. We add these Biblical principles to help make sense of their world.

Why Creative Curriculum?

Research shows us that childhood is a distinct stage of life with its own characteristics.  Knowledge about and how to teach this distinct stage is called developmentally appropriate practice. The Creative Curriculum shows us how to teach developmentally appropriate practice in a way that children develop and learn.  The curriculum includes the Bible, literacy, math, science, social studies, arts, and technology and presents it in a way that supports children’s academic progress while respecting the way they grow and develop.

How Children Develop

Children need time to learn and practice newly acquired skills where they are safe, valued, and their physical needs are being met. Information from brain research shows us that a rich environment is an important role in the development of the brain.  During the first five years of life, trillions upon trillions of synapses are formed in response to learning experiences and the brain grows as a result of these learning experiences.  A well-balanced diet, sufficient sleep, and plenty of exercise support healthy brain growth and affects learning.

The Learning Environment

The physical environment is set up to be safe, attractive, and designed to help children engage in the activities offered. We provide materials that promote logical thinking and imagination. The space is divided into well-defined interest areas for children who want to explore, make things, experiment, or pursue their own interest. Children can be in small groups or by themselves. The room is divided into clear choices of dramatic play, block building, toys and games, art, books, writing, sensory, and science.  Days are set up into a scheduled times of large group, small group, and individual activities; also in large and small motor activities, teacher directed and child initiated activities to provide a predictable structure for each day.

What Children Learn

Children learn emotional control, acquire language, and form attachments in the early years of life. Children grow in social and emotional development as they develop a positive sense of self, responsibility for self and others, and demonstrate pro-social behavior. They develop physically as they demonstrate large and small motor development. Children also grow in their cognitive development: through learning and problem solving, logical thinking, representation and symbolic thinking.  Language development comes from listening and speaking, and reading and writing.

Teacher’s Role

The teachers structure their classrooms to foster positive, respectful interactions with teachers and other children. They learn the unique characteristics of every child so they can build relationships that enable all children to thrive. Looking at the children’s development on a continuum gives the teachers a picture of each child’s learning and a tool for planning and guiding instruction. Teachers introduce new concepts and new materials. They teach skills and focus on observations to help with their planning. They engage in one-on-one conversations and lead children in singing and stories. Teachers offer children choices and give ample opportunities for creative expression. They allow children to freely explore the environment and let them get messy while playing. They encourage children to work independently and value their ideas while promoting problem solving.

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