|Creative Curriculum for
Family Child Care and Preschool
Each child's preschool experience is a unique and exciting
experience for the child, the parents, and the teacher. All
work together, as a team, and each brings different
experiences and expectations to the classroom.
The curriculum chosen by the child caregiver/ teacher, is an
expression of the teacher's beliefs and knowledge of how
young children learn. The definition of a curriculum is a plan
for your program. Curriculums help the teacher in
understanding how children grow, provide ideas and plans for
childrens growth and development and gives goals for
The Creative Curriculum is not only approved by the Illinois
State Board of Education, it is a reflection of my beliefs as
a preschool teacher, a family child care provider and a
Let me tell you more about The Creative Curriculum for
Family Child Care.
General Goals of Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care
The goals of this curriculum are to help children:
learn about themselves and the world around them;
feel good about themselves and capable as learners.
Specific Goals are identified for each main area of
development. They are:
Socially: to feel secure and comfortable, trust their
environment, make friends, and feel part of the group.
Emotionally: to experience pride and self-confidence,
develop independence and self-control, and have a
positive attitude toward life.
Cognitively: to become confident learners by trying out
their own ideas and experiencing success and by
acquiring thinking skills such as the ability to solve
problems, ask questions, and use words to describe
their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physically: to increase their large and small muscle
control and feel confident about what their bodies can
|Information from The Creative Curriculum
Family Child Care.
This curriculum is called CREATIVE Curriculum for Family Child Care
to emphasize that learning is a creative process for both children
and adults. The curriculum supports children's creativity by
encouraging them to learn through their active explorations in an
interesting and safe environment.
Information from: The Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care, Diane
T. Dodge and Laura J. Colker, 2003.
" A high-quality program for young chidlren is based on a knowledge of
child development. Because children's abilities and needs change
rapidly, each stage of children's development is different." pg. 7
"By using all of their senses, children come to understand what the
world is like...Their active explorations lead to knowledge. For young
children, learning comes from doing." pg. 7
"Although all children go through the same developmental steps in the
same order, they do so at their own pace. For each child, some skills
are learned quickly while other skills may develop over
time...Everything depends on the child's individual developmental
timetable." pg. 13
This curriculum is mainly baised on the research findings of
psychologists and theorists: Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson.
Piaget shows us how children learn - by using all their
senses, children come to understnad what the world is like.
Erikson outlined the stages of social and emotional
development that people go through. The first four are:
Trust, Autonomy, Initiative, and Industry.
|Children exploring properties of
Learning Standards: Science,
Language Arts, Social Studies,
|Discussing and matching letters and
colors while playing Alphabet Soup.
Learning Standards: Language, Social
Skills, Nutrition (food/cooking), etc.
|Family of ducks observed while taking a walking field trip.
Learning Standards: Science, Language, Social Studies, Physical Education,
Each year we raise and release
butterflies. We are waiting for
these to emerge from their
Learning standards: Language Arts,
Science, Math, Seasons, Weather,
|Match with Specific Goals:
Social, Emotional, Cognitive, Physical