Hampton Lane Child Development Center, in compliance with Maryland State Department of Education, has chosen the Creative Curriculum Program by Teaching Strategies. It maintains developmentally appropriate practices through the core areas of literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts.
Learning materials for all programs, support children’s abilities, they are developmentally appropriate and reflective of the student’s culture, language and interests. A multi-sensory approach of learning through exploration is also considered when selecting materials.
Teachers prepare portfolios, written and visual, for each student reflective of observations, anecdotal notes, checklists, developmental screenings (Ages and Stages) and student produced work. Lesson plans are written once a week per learning domain and adjusted periodically for remediation or scheduling purposes. Small group and individualized lesson plans occur weekly but are altered when necessary to reflect the needs of the students. Lesson plans are completed using the student portfolios to create a learning environment that both meets the goals and objectives of the group but are also inclusive of the students’ individual needs. Developmentally appropriate activities address the individual needs and milestones of each students and the entire class.
According to Teaching Strategies:
What is The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool? At Teaching Strategies we believe that the best way to help children succeed is to teach them to be creative, confident thinkers. That means offering them opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery that help build lifelong critical thinking skills and foster confidence. The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool provides teachers with the content and tools needed to encourage and support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning. The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive collection of knowledge-building and daily practice resources that explains the “what,” “why,” and “how” of teaching. “What” and “why” are explained in the five curriculum volumes that comprise The Foundation of the curriculum. They contain everything you need to know to build and implement a high-quality preschool program. “How” is provided by way of step-by-step guidance found in the Daily Resources. These include Teaching Guides and additional instructional tools that provide a wealth of ideas and detailed plans for filling every day with meaningful and engaging experiences designed for all children. Special support helps teachers individualize for English- and dual-language learners in the classroom. What’s more, the curriculum takes the guesswork out of meeting Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and early learning standards for each state.