At Rock-a-bye we use The Creative Curriculum
teaching strategy. It is the country's leading scientific
based and comprehensive curriculum program. The unique approach is designed for teachers to create high-quality learning in the classroom and support the efforts to opening the door to the most successful learning. The Creative Curriculum process gives our teachers the tools to provide thoughtful, intentional care and learning experiences that respond to the changing interests and abilities of children of all ages, supporting their development in positive ways.
Creative Curriculum Ages Birth to Three
In this program, we strive to provide a consistent and responsive care environment that will start your child on the path to a lifetime of engaged learning. The relationship between child and caring adult is a meaningful relationship that is strengthened by creating essential daily routines and experiences that respond to each child's individual strengths and interests. These early, positive relationships give young children the self-confidence they need to explore and take pleasure in their day-to-day discoveries.
The Creative Curriculum process helps caregivers plan and implement every aspect of caring for your child. It provides a creative daily routine, making a fun environment, and ways to build a lasting partnership with families.
Creative Curriculum for Pre-School to School Age
At Rock-a-bye we are setting the stage for your child's success in school and in life. In this program we strive to have ongoing efforts to value each child as an individual and embrace their unique contributions to the classroom and inspire a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Our Pre-School program uses Creative Curriculum to push the idea that children learn best when they are actively involved with classroom materials and with their classmates and teachers. This curriculum sets up a proper environment that best channels building positive and meaningful relationships.
By using the Creative Curriculum process at Rock-a-bye we are able to set-up a learning environment plan that is developmentally appropriate in all facets. Teachers plan appropriate routines for their age level; develop lesson plans in all the core areas that are creative and unique, and build a partnership with families that are based on trust and mutual respect.
We strive to create an environment full of language development
opportunities so children can develop positive attitudes toward language and
literacy. As children progress through the various stages of cognitive
development, their ability to play begins to resemble problem solving,
exploration and analysis. Peer learning is an important part of language
development. We provide balance between individual activities and those that
nurture collaboration and discussion.
Fine and Gross Motor Development
Children learn about their environment through a variety of avenues. Motor
development is enhanced early in life by allowing the child to improve
current skills and foster the development of emerging skills. Many motor
skills such as hand-eye coordination, strength, balance and agility will be
the natural outcome of the diverse play opportunities available at
Social and Emotional Development
For very young children, successful social, personal and emotional
development is critical and gives them the best opportunity to achieve their
potential. At Rock-a-bye we feel it is important to provide experiences and
support that enable each child to develop a positive sense of self. We teach
children to respect themselves and others.
Science activities can build on children's natural and instinctive desire to
explore and discover their world. Science activities provide children with
experiences in using scientific process skills, deeper understandings of
their world and challenge their abilities (Cromwell 2000). Young children
are naturally curious and explore their
environment with enthusiasm.
Children experience life through their senses as they are learning about the
world around them. We support a variety of activities that nurture all the
senses. By recognizing this sensory learning process, we integrate many
Children are given the opportunity to explore math in their everyday world.
At Rock-a-bye, we encourage activities that build on children's personal
experiences of counting, sorting, patterning and problem solving. Children
have a natural interest in math and an inclination to use it to make sense
of their world. We use our curriculum to help children reason, communicate,
connect and represent mathematical ideas.
Art, music and dramatic play are all ways for children to express
themselves. The arts foster a relationship between ideas and objects and
serve as a connection between thought and action. At Rock-a-bye, we want to
foster thinking skills and creativity. The arts are an effective means of
formulating relationships across other disciplines while connecting ideas,
concepts and patterns.
When it comes to physical activity and nutrition, research shows that
infancy, toddler years and early childhood are the most important
developmental stages for establishing healthy eating and exercise patterns.
These patterns can provide optimal growth and cognitive development.
At Rock-a-bye, we promote and encourage enjoyable physical activity and
balanced nutrition. We hope by establishing these healthy habits, children
can continue to reap the benefits of healthy lifestyles throughout their
Our curriculum changes with the needs, interests and abilities of each child.
At Rock-a-bye, we are here to foster an environment in which children can have fun learning. Their experiences will be documented and shared with you.