We utilize the research-based, The Creative Curriculum to help us structure our program and reach our goals. “The Creative Curriculum helps teachers interact with children in ways that promote development and learning, foster children’s social competence, support children’s learning through play, create rich environments for learning and forge strong home/school connections,” according to The Creative Curriculum, Research Foundations Papers by Teaching Strategies.
The Creative Curriculum addresses all important areas of learning, from technology to the arts and incorporates them throughout every part of the day. The creative learning activities such as dramatic play, blocks, and math, reading, social/emotional. Classrooms are set up for exploration and learning. Children have many opportunities to make choices, experiment, and interact with others.This physical environment affects the quality of learning interactions There are distinct areas, "centers": blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, art, reading, sensory, music and movement, and different outdoor play spaces so children know what choices are available and can make decisions.centers and open-ended art activities provide opportunities for children to build positive relationships to their peers.
For more information on The Creative Curriculum, you can visit www.TeachingStrategies.com