The Westside Early Childhood Program incorporates the Creative Curriculum System Birth through Age Five. Developmentally appropriate practice requires teachers to teach in ways that match the way children develop and learn so as to promote their optimal development and learning. Our teachers make decisions about the education of children on the basis of three types of information:
- child development and how children learn
- the individual strengths, needs, and interests of each child
- each child’s family and community cultures
The Creative Curriculum is a research-based system that combines curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources. The curriculum is based on five fundamental principles.
These principles are:
– Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
– Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
– Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
– The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
– Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
The Creative Curriculum is research-based on 38 objectives for development and learning. The curriculum helps guide teachers to determine the developmental progress of each child and plan appropriate learning experiences. The 38 objectives fall under the categories of:
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
- The Arts