Curriculum

Joyful Hearts Preschool

 

We offer a play based, anti-biased approach to curriculum that focuses on the whole child. Our curriculum is modeled after the Creative Curriculum with Reggio Emalia influence. We believe that preschool children need a wide variety of full sensory activities to learn and be successful. We also believe in building a sense of community within the classroom so that all children feel like welcomed, and important participants in their preschool education. Preschool is a time not just to learn ABC’s and 123’s, but a time to develop real social/emotional connections with other children.

 

 

The Creative Curriculum Goals and Objectives at a Glance

 

The Creative curriculum is a leading preschool methodology used throughout Washington State early childhood education program’s. It focuses on four main areas of development; social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Each area is developed to help parent’s/educator’s create the most successful environment for children to learn and grow. Below is a list of the areas of development at a glance.

Social/Emotional Development

Sense of self:

1. Shows ability to adjust to new situations

2. Demonastrates appropriate trust in adults.

3. Recognizes own feelings and manages them appropriately.

4. Stands up for rights.

Responsibility for Self and Others:

1. Demonstrates self-direction and independence.

2. Takes responsibility for own well-being.

3. Respects and cares for classroom environment and materials.

4. Follows classroom rules.

5. Follows classroom routines.

Pro social Behavior:

1. Plays well with other children.

2. Recognizes the feelings of others and responds appropriately.

3. Shares and respects the rights of others.

4. Uses thinking skills to resolve conflicts.

 

Physical Development

Gross Motor:

1. Demonstrates basic locomotor skills ( running, jumping, hopping, and galloping).

2. Shows balance while moving.

3. Climbs up and down.

4.Pedals and steers a tricycle ( or other wheeled vehicle).

5. Demonstrates throwing, kicking, and catching skills.

Fine Motor:

1. Controls small muscles in hands.

2. Coordinates eye-hand movement.

3. Uses tools for writing and drawing.

 

Cognitive Development

Learning and Problem Solving:

1. Observes objects and events with curiosity.

2. Approaches problems flexibly.

3.Shows persistence in approaching tasks.

4. Explores cause and effect.

5. Applies knowledge or experience to a new context..

Logical Thinking:

1. Classifies objects.

2. Compares/measures.

3. Arranges objects in a series.

4. Recognizes patterns and can repeat them.

5. Shows awareness of time concepts and sequence.

6. Shows awareness of position in space.

7. Uses one -to-one correspondence.

8. Uses number and counting.

 

Representation and Symbolic Thinking:

1. Takes on pretend roles and situations.

2. Makes believe with objects.

3. Makes and interprets representations.

 

Language Development

Listening and Speaking:

1. Hears and discriminates the sounds of language.

2. Expresses self using words and expanded sentences.

3. Understands and follows oral directions.

4. Answers questions.

5. Asks questions.

6. Actively participates in conversations.

Reading and Writing:

1. Enjoys and values reading.

2. Demonstrates understanding of print concepts.

3.Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet.

4. Uses emerging reading skills to make meaning from print.

5. Comprehends and interprets meaning from books and other texts.

6.Understands the purpose of writing.

7. Writes letters and words.

 

2001: The Creative Curriculum  for Early Childhood.

 

Joyful Hearts Daily Schedule

9:00-9:40 Welcome. Free Choice with teacher directed activities

9:40-9:50 Cooperative clean up

9:50-10:15 Group Meeting (stories, songs, theme exploration)

10:15-10:45 Group Activity (art, science, math, language arts)

10:45-10:55 Potty/ hand washing time. Teacher directed game/song

10:55-11:10 Family style snack, independent puzzle or reading

11:10-11:25 Large muscle play in either gym or playground

11:25 Get ready for home, re-cap of day, good-byes

 

 Please feel free to contact us with any of your questions:joyfulheartspreschool@fairwoodumc.org