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Preschool - Academics

Kids Learning Center implements The Creative Curriculum. This was published in 1997 by Teaching Strategies, Inc., to help parents and teachers teach children at an early age. The curriculum focuses on research that places emphasis on the importance of the first three years of the child's life. It shows a number of points that help parents and educators approach learning in preschool and infant ages, including five core components of the curriculum that can lead to success in teaching.

It provides a model to imitate
Exposure to relationships and positive experiences stimulate the student's ability to learn. Children begin to learn language and appropriate interactions through their daily experiences. They repeat words and tones they hear adults use and copy their behaviors. Therefore, it is imperative that instructors model appropriate behaviors.

It stimulates the interaction
Creative curriculum also exposes the role of the teacher in the child's life. He serves as a role model but also as a mediator for student interaction. While it is important for a teacher to maintain a nurturing and responsive relationship with their students, they are also responsible for helping them develop relationships among themselves.

Communicate with the family
Creative curriculum emphasizes that teacher’s work with parents and families for the benefit of the child. Communication with families gives instructors an understanding of the child's personal life and cultural understanding. Teachers communicate the achievements and weaknesses of the child with the parents. In this way, parents continue encouraging students and supporting them outside the classroom.

All children’s work is maintained in portfolios including digital pictures of their art work using different mediums such as: marker/crayon drawings, easel paintings, and block structures, emergent writing samples, stringing and cutting experiences. Anecdotal records, screenings, informal/formal assessments, and teacher observations are also part of this developmentally appropriate and individualized program.

When children are observed and it is determined they need further evaluation, with the parent’s consent, the appropriate agencies are contacted. If the child is then eligible under federal guidelines for special education services, Individual Educational Plans (IEP) and Family Support Plan (FSP) are written and maintained.

The Children's Trust