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
- Reads fluently
- Demonstrates writing skills
- Writes name
- Writes to convey meaning
- Writes using conventions
- Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
- Attends and engages
- Solves problems
- Shows curiosity and motivation
- Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
- Remembers and connects experiences
- Recognizes and recalls
- Makes connections
- Uses classification skills
- Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
- Thinks symbolically
- Engages in socio-dramatic play