Small Wonders implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool created by Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, and Cate Heroman. The Creative Curriculum philosophy is based on five fundamental beliefs that are strongly supported by theoretical and empirical research:
- Constructive, purposeful play is the best vehicle for meaningful learning
- The development of social competence is a key focus of the preschool years
- Relationships are the foundation for learning
- Curriculum and assessment must be linked
- Families are essential partners in children’s learning.
Our teachers continually strive to provide a stimulating and challenging classroom environment that supports guided, constructive play among peers, providing them with the social competence for their school years. Weekly lesson plans are written by the teachers, reviewed by the Director and posted each week on the classroom Parent Boards. We strongly believe that children learn through play and imagination. Along with using the developmental goals from the Creative Curriculum for each age group, we also use the South Carolina Learning Standards for Early Childhood to assist in planning and understanding what competencies children should know and master based on their developmental age.
During the academic year, the teachers observe and document each child’s social,emotional, cognitive and physical development creating a portfolio for each child with samples of their work and documentation of their child’s achievements. Twice a year, the teachers complete progress reports for each child which reviews what we have observed in their growth, areas that we will continue to work on and ways that parents can be involved and help at home.
Parent/Teacher Communication is essential to the success of your child and we look forward to partnering with you!