Preschool Curriculum follows the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education
Our curriculum encourages learning through play, using a variety of activities and
techniques to reach particular goals.
Our developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for the whole child; it combines
physical, emotional, social, and cognitive learning through an integrated approach. Each of
these domains is interconnected and impacts the others. Children learn by doing.
Through active involvement with their environment, children attempt to make sense of the world around them.
They learn by exploring their environment through hands-on experience. Teaching young children is
a creative process. An early childhood curriculum provides the framework for what actually happens in a
planned environment where children interact with materials, peers, and adults. The primary teaching
goal is to help young children use the environment productively and see themselves as
capable learners. They will acquire the skills and abilities needed for a lifetime of learning
through carefully planned, developmentally appropriate activities arranged by the teachers.
When a learning environment encourages exploration and discovery, children develop a
sense of trust and belonging. They feel important and valued when others listen to them, seek
out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves. This type of environment is considered
hands-on or learning through play.
Children in our classrooms are encouraged to discover things on their own. They learn by
exploring the actual objects we talk about. The teachers inspire the children by asking open-
ended questions and finding new ways to teach new things within the subject area.
Classroom Learning Centers
Each classroom's layout is slightly different,
but all of them contain the following Learning Centers :
• Music center
• Math/ manipulative center
• Art center
• Science center
• Dramatic play center
• Play dough table
• Discovery table
• Block center
• Writing center
• Reading center
• Quiet area/Alone spot
The Learning Centers are used in the activities developed for the curriculum
within each classroom. These are described in greater detail in the Curriculum Development
Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Our teachers use developmentally appropriate practices to nurture the social, emotional,
physical, and cognitive development of each child. The theories of early childhood education
are used to implement the curriculum. Assessments are done to identify the strengths of each
child as well as the needs of each child. These assessments help us to tailor the curriculum to
the needs of each classroom.
Human development research indicates that there are universal, predictable sequences of
growth and change that occur in children during the first nine years of life. These predictable
changes occur in all domains of development - physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
Knowledge of the typical development of children within the age span served by our
programs provides the framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and
plan appropriate experiences.
Each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth, as well as an
individual personality, learning style, and family background. Both the curriculum and
adults' interactions with the children should be responsive to those individual differences.
Learning in young children is the result of interaction between the child's thoughts and
experiences with materials, ideas, and people.
Each month the entire day care focuses on one general theme or concept (camping, the zoo,
etc.). The group activities are themed as well. Individual teachers are encouraged to base
their classroom's appearance and activities on the theme.
Each class has its own goals and objectives, appropriate to that classroom's age group. The
goal is for each child to reach his or her full potential with these goals before moving to the
next classroom. Every month, we focus on up to 10 goals and objectives for each classroom.
Activities are then designed to facilitatelearning the objectives. While participating in the activities,
eachchild's individual discoveries and progress are noted in that child's file.
Every time a similaractivity is done or a comparable objective is desired, this record provides
the means by which the child's overall progress may be assessed against common core standards, where
appropriate. Some goals and objectives will be determined by the curriculum designer. Others may be
determined as appropriate by the teacher in each particular classroom. The Curriculum
Development Guide provides more detail about these objectives.