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. All of these components help support the focus areas of language, literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, movement and technology.
- Knowing 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. This relationship is built around shared interests and values, and sustained by a trust which allows the individual child to learn.
- Building a Classroom Community
By building a classroom community, teachers create common social experiences which 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.
- Creating 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 this structure. Teachers help children relate positively to others, and equip them to solve problems peacefully and respectfully.
- Guiding Children’s Learning
SJB staff understands that for school age children learning needs to be active, challenging, varied, and collaborative. Active learning capitalizes on the eagerness to learn. When work is presented as achievable yet stretches each child’s ability, a child feels confident and proud when it is complete. Providing varied learning experiences and strategies addresses different learning styles. Research confirms children remember more when they know why they are learning and connect it to what they already know. In the process on interacting, children clarify their own thinking and can master new subject matters.
- Assessing School Age Children’s Learning
Ongoing assessments of the children in our program help us build trusting, relationships 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 learning.
- Building 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, and the child all contribute to the learning process.