At Smart Start Academy our curriculum of choice is the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum is an early childhood curriculum that focuses on project-based investigations as a means for children to apply skills. This curriculum addresses four areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Our educators are guided while creating thematic units designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Our teachers offer their students the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating our preschool programs in particular ways. The principles are as follows:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
To learn more about the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, please be sure to visit www.teachingstrategies.com.
Representational Development/ Seven Multiple Intelligences Theory
At Smart Start Academy we believe that no one set of teaching strategies will work best for all students at all times. Therefore, we also follow the seven multiple intelligences theory when designing our lessons and teaching our students.
- Linguistic – verbal/think in words;
- Logical/Mathematical- reasoning;
- Spatial – images/pictures;
- Kinesthetic – somatic sensation;
- Musical – rhythms and melodies;
- Interpersonal- bouncing ideas off other people/cooperative groups;
- Intrapersonal – deeply within themselves.