Education & Activities
Early Childhood Curriculum
Children in all CECE classrooms experience a play-based early childhood education experience, which addresses areas of development: cognitive, social, emotional, language gross and fine motor, and self-help/adaptive skills. Curriculum implementation allows children to engage in play through topic/units of study.
This is accomplished through multiple child-directed activities. Children engage in activity such as dramatic play, art and sensory experiences, activities that promote health and safety, music and movement, and outside play. Time is also dedicated to teacher directed activities as needed through facilitating small group, one-on-one and whole group experiences. When developmentally appropriate, Lead Teachers plan developmentally appropriate activities that address pre-literacy, pre-math, and pre-science skills in an authentic manner. To promote problem solving and creative thinking, children are allowed to use materials freely and to move with spontaneity. Conflict resolution skills are modeled as needed and as children grow and develop are encouraged to initiate these strategies independently.
The CECE implements a curriculum in each classroom. The teachers plan and post their weekly lesson plans for parents to view.
Each room’s lesson plans are based on children’s interests and developmental stages.
Each child’s individual skill levels are considered when lesson plans are implemented. The teachers strive to present child-centered, hands-on learning experiences that are interesting and relevant to each child in the classroom.
Developmentally appropriate practice guides the curricular areas of:
- Motor Skills / Physical Education
- Language Arts
- Social Skills
- Self Help Skills
- Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing Concepts