A Creative Curriculum For Young, Developing Minds
Nurturing Your Child Through Every Phase
Community School for People Under Six provides early care and education to children from two months old to five years old and is licensed to provide care for children up to twelve years old. Located in Carrboro, NC, and serving surrounding communities, we pride ourselves on nurturing creativity, inclusivity, and community in our teaching.
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The Creative Curriculum
Community School for People under Six families, staff, and board of directors adopted the Creative Curriculum written by Diane Trister Dodge of Teaching Strategies in April 2001. This curriculum places high importance on active learning that allows each child to become a creative thinker who can solve problems and resolve conflicts. The use of the Creative Curriculum is further supported by the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.
How does the Creative Curriculum work?
The Creative Curriculum focuses on four child development areas: social and emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The program focuses on first recognizing the goals for the children’s development and learning. Children learn and develop differently, and identifying and making appropriate goals is beneficial.
Our Creative Curriculum helps to put a multicultural lens on learning. We share 20 different cultures and/or combinations including the Israeli, Arab, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Native American, Indian, African American, Japanese, Korean, Hispanic, Asian, Chinese, American, and British.
Infants & Toddlers (0-2)
Community School for People under Six utilizes the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, second edition. This curriculum serves as a framework for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs. We emphasize how meaningful relationships between teachers, parents, and children are and how they form the basis of the curriculum for young children.
The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers focuses on building relationships, knowing infants, toddlers, and their families, and building a network of community support. This curriculum has four-goal and objective areas. The ongoing assessment of these goals will help teachers focus on the individual needs of each child and family. Our teachers will observe children and utilize the Individualizing Goals and Objectives of Children, Weekly Planning, and Working with Families tools. Teacher planning includes using the Teaching Strategies GOLD online process to help them maintain goals, assessment, and document photos while summarizing the year.
The four goals and objectives in this program are:
- Social & Emotional Development focuses on how children learn about themselves, their feelings, and about others.
- Physical Development focuses on moving and doing activities. We focus on fine and gross motor development.
- Cognitive Development helps them to learn about the world around them.
- Language Development focuses on learning communication.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers, Fourth Edition, is used as the curriculum for 3-5-year-olds in our program. This curriculum is environmentally based and focuses on goals and objectives for children’s learning and development (social/emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development). Emphasis is placed on the importance of the physical environment and materials; and defines parent and teacher roles.
This curriculum is responsive to the diverse communities and cultures within our program and allows us to apply child development and learning theories to everyday work with children. The Creative Curriculum ongoing assessment will be used as the assessment instrument. It will enable teachers to purposefully observe children and use what they learn to plan for each child and the group. Teachers will use weekly lesson plans and Curriculum Goals and Objectives tools to identify the four focus areas. These cover the sense of self, responsibility to self and others, prosocial behavior, gross and fine motor skills, learning to problem-solving, logical thinking, symbolic thinking, listening and speaking, and lastly, reading and writing.