Playhouse recognizes and respects the unique differences of the families we serve. Therefore, we have chosen to implement an anti-bias curriculum in all classrooms. We strive to provide activities that are multicultural, gender fair and disability sensitive. Creative Curriculum is a research based curriculum that allows teachers to implement developmentally appropriate practice in environmentally based classroom learning. It’s effectiveness in helping children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners is well documented. Our goal is to create a classroom where teachers can teach effectively and children can thrive!
- Spanish and Sign language are an important part of our curriculum, even within the infant classroom. Recent studies indicate that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first 3-4 years of life.
- We utilize a violence prevention curriculum that teaches children to identify and express their feelings and emotions.
- Art fosters creativity, broadens ideas and develops skills for reading and writing readiness. We focus on the process of art versus the end product. All children’s art is their own unique creation.
- Science promotes curiosity, exploration and hands on learning. “Why?” is a common question for children to ask…they have a natural curiosity about the world around them. Children learn through all 5 senses, especially touch.
- Music and Movement enhances large motor and encourages creativity.
- Dress up and make believe play encourages creative expression, provides opportunity for children to role play and practice independence skills.
- Throughout the day, we facilitate the learning of good health, safety and nutrition. This is evident by the excellent hand washing practices of staff & children, eating family meal style, and health / safety / nutrition lessons that occur daily.
- Our classrooms reflect a literacy rich environment, which includes countless opportunities for children to listen, speak, read and write.
- Within our environment, children have many opportunities to develop their motor skills. Small motor activities (building blocks, legos, puzzles, games) provide children opportunities to develop motor skills as well as brain development. Large motor activities include “outside” time, as well as indoor large motor activities.
- “Special visitors” provide children the opportunity to learn about different professions, as well as different people within our communities. Field trips are a wonderful learning opportunity for children to explore the resources of their community.