Our Curriculum

ChildSpace follows The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This award-winning program is based on the premise that the best way to teach young children is through a combination of positive teacher/child interactions, within an appropriate planned schedule, in an inspiring environment. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

 

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and State early learning standards.

 

ChildSpace offers a very low student to teacher ratio of 6:1 for indoor learning activities and 4:1 for outdoor time – ensuring the individualized attention each child needs to thrive.  We believe learning in small groups of peers allows children to gain confidence and become independent thinkers. Everyday learning activities are built around the interests of each student and the group as a whole.

 

The preschool years are the best time to introduce children to a wide variety of subjects – while children’s ability to absorb new information is at its peak. Our goal is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that prepares children for kindergarten and beyond…all while having fun.

 

Our curriculum includes:

 

  • Reading Readiness

  • Number Concepts

  • Social Studies

  • Foreign Languages

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Nature

  • Art

  • Music

  • Physical Education

 

 

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool Objectives for Development & Learning

 

The 38 research-based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the pathteachers take with children in their classroom. They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many of the objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective, and help clarify what it addresses.

 

SOCIAL–EMOTIONAL

1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

a. Manages feelings

b. Follows limits and expectations

c. Takes care of own needs appropriately

2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships

a. Forms relationships with adults

b. Responds to emotional cues

c. Interacts with peers

d. Makes friends

3. Participates cooperatively and constructively

in group situations

a. Balances needs and rights of self and others

b. Solves social problems

 

PHYSICAL

4. Demonstrates traveling skills

5. Demonstrates balancing skills

6. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and

coordination

a. Uses fingers and hands

b. Uses writing and drawing tools

 

LANGUAGE

8. Listens to and understands increasingly

complex language

a. Comprehends language

b. Follows directions

9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs

a. Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary

b. Speaks clearly

c. Uses conventional grammar

d. Tells about another time or place

10. Uses appropriate conversational and other

communication skills

a. Engages in conversations

b. Uses social rules of language

 

COGNITIVE

11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

a. Attends and engages

b. Persists

c. Solves problems

d. Shows curiosity and motivation

e. Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

12. Remembers and connects experiences

a. Recognizes and recalls

b. Makes connections

13. Uses classification skills

14. Uses symbols and images to represent

something not present

a. Thinks symbolically

b. Engages in sociodramatic play

 

LITERACY

15. Demonstrates phonological awareness

a. Notices and discriminates rhyme

b. Notices and discriminates alliteration

c. Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller

units of sound

16. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

a. Identifies and names letters

b. Uses letter–sound knowledge

17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses

a. Uses and appreciates books

b. Uses print concepts

18. Comprehends and responds to books

and other texts

a. Interacts during read-alouds and book

conversations

b. Uses emergent reading skills

c. Retells stories

19. Demonstrates emergent writing skills

a. Writes name

b. Writes to convey meaning

 

MATHEMATICS

20. Uses number concepts and operations

a. Counts

b. Quantifies

c. Connects numerals with their quantities

21. Explores and describes spatial relationships

and shapes

a. Understands spatial relationships

b. Understands shapes

22. Compares and measures

23. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

24. Uses scientific inquiry skills

25. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics

of living things

26. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical

properties of objects and materials

27. Demonstrates knowledge of Earth’s environment

28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

29. Demonstrates knowledge about self

30. Shows basic understanding of people

and how they live

31. Explores change related to familiar people

or places

32. Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge

 

THE ARTS

33. Explores the visual arts

34. Explores musical concepts and expression

35. Explores dance and movement

concepts

36. Explores drama through actions

and language

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and

understanding English

38. Demonstrates progress in speaking English

 

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