The Curriculum

Children’s Learning Center

Philosophy and curriculum organization

Education philosophy and curriculum objectives for both day care with early childhood education and the half day early childhood education age children will be essentially the same, although separate programs geared to the capabilities of the different age levels must be prepared so that each child will be exposed to learning experiences appropriate to their state of development.

The center’s primary objective in education will be to help the young child to learn to love learning and to help them discover the cognitive tools that they will need to use in the acquisition of knowledge. The young child learns to love learning when they achieve success in their attempt to influence their environment and when they are reinforced for their accomplishments. In order to influence their environment, they must employ various cognitive tools, and it is the center’s job to give them ample opportunity for experimentation and individual expression so that they may discover for themselves certain laws of science, social behavior, mathematics, and language in their attempts to attain an objective they pursue merely for their own satisfaction. This attainment of an objective is synonymous with “play” to the child, and it is therefore, the modification of the play environment that influences the child to learn specific skills and to develop cognitive processes.

The environment within the class room and outdoors will be divided into play areas in which will be stressed certain concepts outlined by the teachers and related to their topic plans for the week. Indoors, there will be a housekeeping area, block area, manipulative toy area, listening center, library area, easel painting

center, and three or four planned table activities, including an art activity and a messy activity. The table activities are changed daily and are the main source of experimentation related to the weekly topics planned by the teacher, although the more permanent activity areas should be modified frequently to reinforce the weekly concepts. Outdoor areas of water play, large wheel toys, climbing apparatus, sand play, and wood working should also be modified occasionally to reinforce the skills being built during indoor activities. Art and science areas will also be created outdoors so that the child may experiment with materials under the different physical conditions. The development of creativity and independence are also main objectives of the curriculum. Although there will be activities that are structured for the child so that they will arrive at a specific conclusion, they should also have many opportunities to develop creative expression. These opportunities will be provided in the areas of art, science, language, and in physical and social expression, and the child will learn that there are many different ways to choose their way to work with materials or achieve an objective. They will be allowed to choose their own way and perform a task by themselves without interference by an adult, although the teacher will be there to offer encouragement and guidance should the child ask for it.

This emphasis on accepting the child’s creative expressions and encouraging their independence of adult direction will foster another quality that the center sees as a worthy objective: the development of good self concept.

The teacher of each group will be responsible for preparing weekly lesson plans that follow a yearly topical outline that delineates the concept to be stressed throughout the year. There will be three concepts stressed each week in the plan of activities, each of these concepts relating to the philosophical objectives of the center which stresses the cognitive processes, formation of a good self

image, development of physical skills, good social interaction, independence, creativity, sensitivity, and a positive attitude toward school and learning.

The above philosophy will also apply to the after school care program, but our emphasis with this age group will be on providing a safe and healthy environment where these children will participate socially, emotionally and physically.

Planned activities in art and music will also encourage interest in these areas. Through the assistance of the staff we will also help with homework, problem solving and try to stimulate their thought processes through activities that will be of interest to them, activities they will be able to initiate and work on from start to finish.

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