Our school age creative curriculum is based on theory and research and maintains the following elements; building a classroom community, creating a structure, guiding children’s learning, assessing children’s learning, building a partnership with families and knowing the children. All of these help support the focus areas of language, literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, movement and technology. Creative Curriculum for our school age children is composed of 6 strategic components. These components create a strong program that is committed to closing the achievement gap while empowering our children so that they build social, academic and life skills.
1Knowing the Children
Each child has their own culture, values, learning styles and rules. In order for teachers to facilitate the learning process, we establish a relationship with each child in the program. The relationship is built around shared interests and values and sustained by a trust which allows the individual child to learn.
2Building a Classroom Community
By building a classroom community, teachers create common and social experiences that help children feel connected to each other. The classroom community becomes a place where children share common goals, values and activities. Feeling interconnected and interdependent is critical in fostering positive and lasting social skills.
3Creating a Structure
A successful classroom is one where children are effective and active learners. SJB teachers create the structure of the classroom in order to address each child’s social, emotional academic and cognitive development. Classroom meetings are a daily part of the routine. Teacher’s help children relate positively to others as well as equip them to solve problems peacefully and respectfully.
4Guiding Children’s Learning
SJB staff understands
Learning is active, active learning capitalizes on the eagerness to learn.
Learning is challenging, when work is presented as achievable yet stretches each child’s ability, a child feels confident and proud when it is completed.
Learning is varied, providing varied learning experiences and strategies addresses different learning styles
Learning is meaningful, research confirms children remember more when they know why they are learning and connect it to what they already know.
Learning is collaborative, in the process on interacting, children clarify their own thinking and can master new subject matters.
5Assessing School Age Children’s Learning
Authentic and ongoing assessments of the children in our program help us build a trusting, responsiveness with children and families. Our curriculum-linked assessments help us ensure and track a child’s progress so we can make informed decisions about how to support his/her continued learnings.
6Building a Partnership with Parents
SJB strives to build meaningful partnerships with parents. Learning is a shared responsibility. Sharing responsibility means: the parent, the teachers, the community/environment and the child all contribute to the learning process.