Cleveland has 5 PK classrooms. Two are traditional English (PK3 and PK4), two are full-day Spanish Immersion (PK3 and PK4), and one is a mixed-age inclusive classroom. The traditional English and Spanish Immersion classrooms use the Creative Curriculum. The mixed-age classroom consists of 10 typically-developing peers and up to 6 students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from Early Stages. The Tools of the Mind curriculum is used in our mixed-age classroom.
Below is information about each curriculum:
The Creative Curriculum
The philosophy of The Creative Curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum is built on theories of development in young children, that all children learn through active exploration of their environment and therefore the environment plays a critical role in learning. The goal of The Creative Curriculum is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment.
This curriculum shows teachers how to integrate learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology throughout the day. It also gives the teacher a wide range of teaching strategies – from child-initiated learning to teacher-directed approaches – to best respond to children’s learning styles, strengths, and interests. The teacher’s role is to create an environment that invites children to observe, to be active, to make choices, and to experiment.
The curriculum is designed to encourage family involvement. It works best when teachers and families work together.
Students in early childhood are assessed using artifacts the teachers collect throughout the school day in nine domains. The information is captured in a system called Teaching Strategies GOLD.