Five fundamental principles guide practice and help teachers to understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and structuring preschool programs in specific ways. Our lesson plans reflect our alignment with creative curriculum and the philosophy that children learn by doing. This requires active thinking and experimentation. Our classroom, it’s materials, activities, and interactions promote such an environment.
Routines offer the opportunity to build positive relationships with children and promote trust. Too often, the time spent diapering and toileting, feeding, dressing, and helping children fall asleep are missed opportunities for development and learning. The Creative Curriculum® helps teachers and caregivers use routine times to nurture children’s curiosity, help them feel secure, and create a language- rich environment full of warm, loving, and meaningful interactions. This is what helps build the foundation for children’s future success in school and in life.
The remaining five areas of early childhood focus on content learning, which has its roots even in these younger years. While some of these skills are ones that children will begin acquiring in preschool, teachers and caregivers can support content learning from infancy by creating a language- rich environment; building trusting relationships; and individualizing the experiences that they provide throughout the day on the basis of children’s strengths, needs, and interests.