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Creative Curriculum

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A Word About The Philosophy Behind Our Curriculum

Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center uses the Creative Curriculum.  This curriculum was designed with the fact in mind that children learn best by doing and our goal is to teach your child to be an enthusiastic learner.  We want to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners.  our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of early childhood development.

Social – helping children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel that they are part of a group.

Emotional – helping children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self control, and have a positive attitude.

Cognitive – helping children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, problem solving, asking questions, and using words to describe their thoughts.

Physical – helping children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident in what their bodies can do.

The activities that we plan, the way that the center is organized, toys and manipulatives, our daily schedule, and communications are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum.

We have put together a few sample activities and explained just what your child is learning by engaging in each one.

When Children Do This…

Put blocks in trucks and dump the mout

Pretend to be grownups

Finish a puzzle

Draw pictures of people

Catch and throw balls

They are Learning to:

Understand size, weight & number concepts

Abstract Thinking

Complete a Task (study habits, self-esteem)

Use symbols ( reading/writing)

Coordinate eye and hand movements (gross and small motor movements)

We have found that children learn from whatever environment they are in:

We have arranged our rooms into key interest areas:

  • Blocks
  • Dramatic Play
  • Table toys and games
  • Art
  • Sand and Water Play
  • Technology
  • Library
  • Outdoors

If you have any further questions regarding our curriculum, please feel free to ask an administrator or staff member for more clarification.  Lesson plans for each classroom are posted in your child’s particular classroom and monthly calendars are available to you so that you can track what your child is doing every day.

Screening and Assessments: Upon a child’s enrollment, within the first 60 days a Brigance Screening is done to provide a sampling of a child’s learning, development, and skills.  A vision screening takes place in the fall.  Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is a continuous assessment throughout the year.  This information is NOT reported to any current entity at this time.  Each parent will receive a progress report in the Fall and Spring to provide information regarding milestones of learning, development and skills.