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Curriculum Philosophy


Young children learn best when they are having experiences that are interesting to them. Every day we will provide developmentally appropriate learning activities that will maximize children’s interests. I will do this by creating age appropriate, emergent curriculum based on the interests of the children I have in care.

Social Emotional

Social-Emotional: We work hard to ensure children in our care feel secure, cared for, liked, accepted, and successful while away from home. The children learn that adults are loving, helpful, trustworthy people who are here to help support them. Children will be supported through conflicts with each other and learn how to use their words to work through these conflicts. Every child in our care will know that their thoughts and feelings are important and will learn how to communicate with others.

Physical Health

The children have many opportunities to develop both large and small muscle coordination. Developing fine motor skills are part of weekly planning goals. Going outside to work large muscles is available every day.


The children develop conceptual and verbal skills through awareness and understanding of the world around them. We provide many opportunities to develop vocabulary through group discussions, individual conversations, story times and through play, so children can grow in understanding and the use of language. Children’s home language is supported through books and language activities.


I will provide many examples of the uses of print every day. I will have a library center and change out books often and according to the children’s interests and learning. Many materials for children to attempt writing are always available.  Children are given opportunities to develop phonological abilities with rhyming activities, letters and their sounds.


Children expand their curiosity, initiative, and creativity through first-hand experiences and a variety of interesting materials. We will use these materials along with science experiments to practice scientific thinking. Children will learn to use the scientific method through experiments, to predict/hypothesize, observe closely, record findings, ask questions, and share findings.


The children are introduced to the use of modern technology as tools in pursuit of learning through play. Computers, cameras (still and video), tape recorders and microphones are used to explore the world and create movies, take pictures, and write songs.


Engineering is hands-on. We will provide engineering activities so children can “live” the math and science concepts and see their relevance in real-world applications.


Art/Creative Expression

Art will be open ended, allowing children to produce their own unique interpretation. There will also be art lessons so the children can explore different art forms. We will provide opportunities for music, drama, photography and dance.


Many materials that encourage mathematical thinking are always available in the childcare space. Teachers will use these materials during play to teach math concepts according to the child’s level and ability. Mathematizing, turning everyday activities into math for children to learn math terms and concepts. For example, “You are first in line.” “You filled your cup half full.” “Let’s count how many of us are in line.”

Social Studies


We will provide weekly activities that help children learn about themselves, their community and the world. Special consideration is given to the home cultures of the children. Activities that promote anti-bias are emphasized.


In this experiment, kids predict what will happen to the raw eggs when we put them into vinegar. Then they observe over time, watching closely what is happening to the eggs in the vinegar. Then they test the eggs and compare it to their predictions.

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Here the children are planting a garden that they take care of.
The children saw an eagle at the top of a telephone pole. We went out to investigate. This led us to learning about eagles.
Here the children are playing with lights which lead us into an investigation into shadows and light and dark.
Experimenting with vinegar and baking soda.
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