Our Universal Pre-kindergarten program utilizes The Creative Curriculum®. The Creative Curriculum® is a nationally recognized and proven preschool curriculum focused on developing the social and emotional skills in young children so that they will be successful in school and life. Loving and skilled teachers guide children in developing early skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology. The Curriculum is also aligned with the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, as a precursor to the skills that will be worked on in Kindergarten. Additional areas of focus are Approaches to Learning, Physical Development and Health, and Knowledge of the World. Indoor and outdoor activities and play areas further enhance the learning and growing environment.
Important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with others and to become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas.
Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:
Social/emotional: to help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.
Physical: to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.
Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns – and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.*
At Early Discoveries Center our loving and skilled preschool teachers identify each child’s interests and select toys and materials, organize activities, and engage in conversation guided by this knowledge of individual interests and needs.