ACS uses Teaching Strategies' Creative Curriculum as a foundation on which to develop a child-centered, inquiry-based early childhood program.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning.
The Foundation helps teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices. Daily Resources help teachers plan and manage every moment of their day. Through studies, which are hands-on, project-based investigations, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool helps teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes.
The Creative Curriculum units are designed to ensure students are provided with ample opportunities to develop their understanding, knowledge, and skills. Teachers ensure they are meeting individual needs and providing the appropriate developmental challenge for each learner.
The 38 research-based objectives are at the heart of the Creative Curriculum. They define the path teachers take with the children in their classroom.
They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
The objectives for development and learning span from birth through third grade. They enable teachers to see children’s development and learning along a progression across the whole of the early childhood years.
The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective and help clarify what it addresses.
Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition:
Notices and discriminates rhyme
Notices and discriminates alliteration
Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
Applies phonics rules and knowledge of word structure to decode text
Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
Identifies and names letters
Identifies letter-sound correspondences
Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
Uses and appreciates books and other texts
Uses print concepts
Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections
Uses emergent reading skills
Retells stories and recounts details from informational texts
Uses context clues to read and comprehend texts
Demonstrates writing skills
Writes to convey meaning
Writes using conventions
Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
Attends and engages
Shows curiosity and motivation
Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
Remembers and connects experiences
Recognizes and recalls
Uses classification skills
Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
Engages in socio-dramatic play