Our center uses Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies. The most important goal of Creative Curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means our teachers encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try new ideas and think for themselves. The goal of Creative Curriculum is to teach children how to learn, not just here at YSBCDC, but all through their lives. Activities are provided in the areas of: Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, Language Arts, Art, Music, Children’s Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, Self-Help, Dramatic Play, Socialization, and Physical Development.
Each month your child’s teacher will send home a letter from Creative Curriculum addressing a specific learning area in your child’s classroom.
In order to further prepare your child for kindergarten we also follow the Illinois Learning Standards. You can find more information on the standards at http://illinoislearning.org/standards/benchmarks.htm
YSB Child Development Center curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:
- Social/emotional: to help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.
- Physical: to increase children’s large muscles skills – balancing, and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, ripping and crumpling paper, cutting, drawing, and writing.
- Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns – and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
- Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.
Through the activities the teachers plan the way they organize the classrooms, materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children. YSB Child Development Center seeks to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
For more information about Creative Curriculum: http://www.creativecurriculum.net/tour_intro.cfm