Summers County has chosen to implement the Creative Curriculum for preschool in our pre-k classrooms. The Creative Curriculum is research based and its core belief is that all children can learn and benefit from developmentally appropriate practices. The West Virginia State Department of Education has provided state pre-k programs with a set of early learning standards. These early learning standards outline what young children ages 3 through 5 should know, understand and do. The standards serve as a required guide for planning high quality early learning experiences to promote school readiness skills for all children. Included at the end of this section on curriculum you will find a correlation of the Creative Curriculum goals and objective, the WV Early Learning Standards Framework and the Head Start Child Outcomes. This will aid you in gaining an understanding of the experiences and expectations for young children in the pre-k program. http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.15.pdf
The Goals of Our Curriculum
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in pre-k, but all through their lives. We’re allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We’re giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
- Social: to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environments, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.
- Emotional: to help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
- Cognitive: to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
- Physical: to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.