Curriculum

The Children's Place Curriculum

Using Developmentally Appropriate Practice established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and guided by the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines and Supporting Maine's Infants and Toddlers for Learning Development, our child-centered curriculum offers experiences and activities in:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Music and Drama
  • Art and Multi-Media Experiences
  • Exploration and the Scientific Method
  • Movement
    • Body Awareness
    • Locomotion
    • Spatial Relationships
    • Creative Dance
  • Non-Competitive Group Games
  • Mathematics Understanding
    • Prepositions
    • Sorting By Attributes
    • Ordering
    • Number Sense and Counting
    • Geometry & Spatial Relationships
    • One to One
    • Manipulatives

The Creative Curriculum is the formal tool used for planning in our classrooms.

The Creative Curriculum is based on sound developmental theory and evidence-based research. Numerous research studies have been conducted to validate its effectiveness. It meets all the standards put forth for effective early childhood curricula by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the State Department of Education (NAECS/SDE).

The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum with guidance on teaching literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. The materials show teachers not only what to teach but how and why. This inclusive, strengths-based approach is appropriate for all children including dual-language learners and children with disabilities.

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos translates research and theory into a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. This curriculum has a clear organizational structure with a particular focus on routines and experiences.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool balances teacher-directed and child-initiated learning with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. It has an environmentally-based approach that defines the vital role of the teacher in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children with a particular focus on interest areas.

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