Fisher Early Learning Center utilizes the Creative Curriculum (CC) as the foundation for our practices. CC is a research-based curriculum designed for use with children from infancy through Kindergarten. CC incorporates developmentally appropriate practices that consider the child’s developmental level and provides opportunities for teachers to work with children who have various skills and abilities. The curriculum is delivered within a play-based format and integrates all areas of development including social-emotional, physical, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts within the daily classroom routine and structure.
Along with CC, the teachers and children engage in a project based approach to learning and exploration, which incorporates the children’s interests as well as their individual needs when planning short and long term activities. Using a combination of teacher- and child-directed explorations, learning opportunities areembedded into daily routines where children are allowed to be active explorers of their environment as individuals, as well as in small and large groups. Teachers are there to promote the children’s unique interests and to facilitate opportunities for more in depth acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Infants and Toddlers
In the early years of development, establishing routines and creating a responsive environment are essential elements to building a nurturing caregiving environment in which very young children feel safe. Furthermore, trusting and responsive relationships with caregivers are also critical to a child’s sense of security. Assisting children to understand themselves and trust their environment is the focus of the CC for infants and toddlers. Promoting self-regulation as well as a desire to explore and engage in one’s environment is facilitated through strong relationships with caregivers and partnerships with families.
In the preschool years, routines, expectations, relationships and the environment continue to be important factors to growing and learning. In addition, children begin to diversify their interests and assert their independence in various ways. CC addresses all areas of development and allows teachers to modify their instructional activities to meet the needs and interests of the children. The curriculum provides a very comprehensive set of objectives to ensure that all developmental domains are addressed, and also a flexible structure to ensure that children’s voices and values are respected as a part of their learning journey.
Fisher utilizes the Teaching Strategies GOLD (TSG) assessment tool, which is designed for use with children from birth through Kindergarten. As the term indicates, progress monitoring is a practice that is used to observe children’s growth and development over a period of time and evaluate the progress of their skills and abilities. Progress monitoring allows us to assess children’s abilities, interests and needs across all domains of development and learning (Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies and The Arts.) Furthermore, as we observe and document children’s abilities and skill levels, we are better informed to plan curricular activities that will complement and challenge their growth and development.