A Colorful World Learning Center implements curriculum through The Creative Curriculum Program, which is a nationally recognized, research-based approach to early education. The curriculum supports a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and various skill levels. The Creative Curriculum is also aligned with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards which means that when children enter elementary school their learning has already been focused on the skills that are essential for success with regard to the Common Core State Standards.
The teaching objectives of The Creative Curriculum are organized into four areas of child growth and development (social-emotional, physical, language and cognition) and five areas of content learning (literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts). Teacher’s post weekly lesson plans to inform families of the current classroom curriculum.
Infant/Toddler teachers implement curriculum by planning a variety of indoor and outdoor play experiences that include sensory, art, fine and gross motor, music, books and large group activities when appropriate. They also plan changes to the classroom environment and routines and schedules to support children’s growth and development.
Preschool teachers plan focused large and small group experiences, reading aloud, outdoor experiences and experiences in a variety of interest areas, including blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, sand and water, music and movement, cooking and discovery. Integrated learning occurs through a focus on topics of interest to preschool children where they apply their skills in order to answer questions.
In addition to planned experiences, children have opportunities for abundant play experiences. Through the activity that young children initiate themselves, their play develops concepts and understanding about the world. Play helps children develop the skills necessary for a successful school experience including a positive approach to learning, self-regulation, and effective social skills.