Curriculum

Children are born ready to learn. As they interact with people, materials, and events, they gain skills and understanding that guide their later learning. Young children develop understanding with the nurturing, sensitive guidance of caregivers, including parents, adults, teachers, and child care providers. In order to develop, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need interactions with supportive stimulating, and responsive caregivers.

We currently use the Creative Curriculum at St. Matthew ECC.  This program is divided between age groups, however, is used Birth through Kindergarten.

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos

Revised into three comprehensive volumes that reflect 38 research-based objectives for development and learning, The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos, Second Edition, Revised, retains its focus on responsive care while incorporating objectives that enable teachers to focus on what matters most for very young children. This new edition provides ideas to teachers to plan and implement every aspect of caring for and teaching children from birth to age 3.

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, Second Edition, Revised features:

  • Volume 1: The Foundation, which outlines the research behind the curriculum and discusses the five central components of nurturing care and teaching.
  • Volume 2: Routines and Experiences, which discusses the five routines and eight experiences that are essential to the development and learning of children birth to age 3, explaining how to plan intentionally while maintaining the flexibility to respond to the changing interests and abilities of young children.
  • Volume 3: Objectives for Development & Learning: Birth Through Kindergarten, which explains the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that matter most to the continuing development and learning of very young children. A tool to help teachers observe children effectively.
  •  38 objectives for development and learning that are predictors of school success and aligned with state learning standards
  • two dedicated objectives for English-language acquisition
  • developmental progressions that show widely held expectations for children from birth through kindergarten
  • research findings relating to each objective and strategies for teaching responsively

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 based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for every state.
  • presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the “what,” “why” and “how” of early childhood education.
  • offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
  • addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.
  • contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.