We use Creative Curriculum
for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and Creative Curriculum for
Preschool at Growing Years Nursery.
• A scientifically-based, implemented early
• Aligns with the Ohio Learning Standards for Early Childhood
• One of the most widely used of early childhood curriculum throughout the U.S.
• Based on child development and learning theories of Piaget, Vygotsky and
• Developmentally appropriate, child centered, intellectually stimulating
In all our classrooms, planning for play
and learning begins with observation & assessment. Plans are based on the observations that the teacher makes about your child’s strengths, needs and
interests. You’ll be offered progress notes and the opportunity to have a
parent-teacher conference each Fall and Spring. Of course, teachers will be
communicating regularly with you through weekly and daily notes, and are always
eager to listen to the information you have to share about your child.
Since play is the foundation for young children’s learning and development, you
will see well-equipped and carefully arranged classrooms. Learning materials
are accessible to children and ample time is provided for your child’s
self-directed work and play in the classroom. Each teacher also plans a
balanced daily schedule so there’s time for both active and quiet play, large
group and small group activities, and indoor and outdoor play. Our Location has
plenty of outside space where children can safely play on an age appropriate
Foundation for All Learning (From The Creative Curriculum
for Infants, Toddlers & Twos)
School readiness is an important issue
today. Children who enter school ready to learn have strong social-emotional
skills and positive attitudes toward learning. How children feel about
themselves and how they relate to others influence what and how they learn.
School readiness actually begins in infancy.
For very young children, learning
depends on the trusting relationships they build with the important adults in
their lives. The research on relationships, especially the importance of secure
attachments, explains how young children develop strong social and emotional
skills when their needs are consistently met by trusted adults and when they
have positive interactions with those adults. When they know that they are
safe, loved and cared for, children are ready to venture out to explore
everything around them. When adults encourage these explorations and share
children’s excitement about new discoveries, children gain confidence in
themselves as learners.
ZERO TO THREE: National Center of
Infants, Toddlers and Families identifies seven social-emotional
characteristics that are essential for school-readiness. These traits are more
fundamental to children’s success than knowing letters and numbers. They are
listed here with definitions and examples of how children chow these
a person’s sense of control over his own behavior and environment; children’s
expectation that they will be able to succeed and adults will help them if
necessary. Children with confidence are eager to try new things; show pleasure
when they make a discovery or complete a task by clapping their hands, smiling,
and looking at you; know their own names and use words like “my” and “ me.”
a desire to find things out, knowing the process will be enjoyable. Children
demonstrate curiosity when they actively explore and investigate objects and
materials using all of their senses; notice new things in the environment; ask
questions about what, why, and how things happen and try to figure out how
the drive to make things happen and a determination to persist and not give up.
Children show intentionality when they choose what they want to play with, take
an interest in sounds and sights around them, stay with an activity for a
period of time and complete it, and try different ways to solve a problem.
children’s ability to control their actions in age-appropriate ways. Children
demonstrate self-control when they are receptive to redirection, increasingly
behave in ways that are expected by adults , and learn to express and manage
children’s ability to engage with others, knowing they will be understood.
Children who have acquired this characteristics trust familiar adults and have
secure attachments, enjoy playing games such a peek-a-boo, take an interest in
what other children are doing, are increasingly aware of the emotions of
others, and enjoy playing with other children.
to communicate: the desire and ability to exchange ideas, feelings, and
thoughts with others. Children communicate, first through crying, coos,
gestures and facial expressions, and eventually with words or signs. They are
able to express ideas and feelings verbally or by signing, ask and answer
questions, and converse.
the ability to engage with others in an activity or task, balancing their own
needs with those of others to accomplish something. Children who are
cooperative may imitate others and then join in, participate in small-group
activities, begin to follow simple classroom rules, help put away toys or wipe
a table, and offer to help another child.
Young children develop these characteristics when they
are with adults who genuinely care about them, talk with them in calm and
respectful ways, take joy in their discoveries, have appropriate expectations
about what they can do, and guide their behavior in positive ways. Every
interaction you have with a child is an opportunity to nurture these seven
characteristics that are essential to children's success as learners.