About Our Curriculum
Consistency Between our Mission and Philosophy
The curriculum at Kids World Learning Center is written to incorporate
the school’s mission and philosophy. Children grow, learn, and flourish
in our carefully designed, hands-on, child centered environment made complete
through the implementation of lesson plans that emerge from the children.
Short-Range and Long-Range Goals
At Kids World Learning Center, we provide daily planned and emergent activities
and experiences that promote age level skill acquisition, a joy for learning,
self-help skills, independence, and self control; which prepare children
not only for success in our program, but success in their school years
ahead. Implementation of our curriculum, daily lesson plans, activities
that emerge from the children’s current abilities and interests,
and the planned environment are the tools utilized for meeting our short
term and long term goals. We prepare children not only for success in
school, but provide a strong foundation for success in life through fostering
appropriate social skills, self confidence, and independence.
Theory and Research
Child development theory and scientific research are the foundation of
our Developmentally Age Appropriate curriculum. These aspects inform decision
making, influence our view of children, and are the guides we use to plan
our lessons and the environment. Our curriculum is influenced by the works
of such theorists as Erik Erikson, Howard Gardner, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky,
and Maria Montessori; and takes into account the beauty and nature of
brain development. Our curriculum also reflects modern publications offered
by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other
Developmentally appropriate written lesson plans that are designed to follow
the child’s lead, combined with age appropriate learning materials
in a carefully designed environment, are the tools that we use to promote
each child’s growth, development, and positive behavior. At Kids
World Learning Center, children learn age appropriate skills through child
directed, hands-on exploration of an open environment. We also view parents
as partners in their child’s care, growth, development, and learning.
Engaging The Whole Child
Our curriculum is designed to facilitate all areas of development. Our
planned environment, daily schedule, written curriculum, materials, and
individualized lesson plans promote development in the following areas.
- Social Development
- Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Cognitive Intellectual Development
- Language Development
Variety and Meaningful Content
Our classrooms are arranged in the following learning centers
- Dramatic Play Center
- Creative Art Center
- Block Center
- Manipulatives Center
- Science Center
- Math Center
The learning environment, combined with our curriculum and written lesson
plans allow children to participate in a wide variety of experiences each
day that range from simple to complex. Materials and lesson plans are
evaluated to assure that content and incorporation is meaningful to the
lives and interests of children and to the world around them.
Active Engagement of Children
Our curriculum has been developed with respect for how young children learn
with Developmentally Appropriate Practices as the foundation. For young
children, play is the primary mode of learning. Because lesson plans and
the environment are designed around the children, you will find children
that are actively engaged in activities and experiences that meet their
needs and interests. Extra materials are available for rotation as to
maintain interest and promote further skill acquisition.
Opportunities to Make Choices, Explore, and Experiment
Children have daily opportunities to make choices and participate in self-guided
activities; which makes their endeavors more successful. Children are
provided with open-ended opportunities and materials that promote experimentation
and exploration in a safe and secure environment that is built around
their development and individual needs.
Foundation for Future Learning
Our implementation of age appropriate techniques, lessons, and emergent
experiences pave the way for future learning in the areas of math, science,
social studies, language arts/literacy, health, and fine arts.
A Daily Schedule That Works
Our daily schedule provides large blocks of time for children to actively
engage in discovery and child initiated learning activities. Our schedule
is also designed to provide a balance of active and quiet; individual,
small group and large group activities and indoor/outdoor times. Our carefully
designed schedule helps to meet the various and changing needs of children
in the whole-child approach.
The Value of Social Interaction and Peer Learning on Social Development
Teachers encourage children to interact with their peers, which promotes
social development in children. Our curriculum values the importance of
multi-age grouping, which provides an opportunity for children to learn
from and teach each other.
Staff members view inappropriate behaviors as opportunities to promote
more socially acceptable skills. Social emotional development is promoted
by staff through consistency, kindness, and modeling of appropriate behavior.
Our Approach to Providing a Psychologically Safe Environment
Brain research has demonstrated that emotions can speed up or inhibit the
learning process. Studies have proven that creating a psychologically
safe environment fosters intelligence. At Kids World Learning Center,
we take child/caregiver attachments created in a psychological safe environment
very seriously. We feel these aspects are not a frill to be addressed
only after the basics are attended to; for young children, such an environment
is essential for learning.
Our carefully designed, child centered approach helps children feel safe,
nurtured, and important. Bonding between children and their caregivers
happens naturally through enriched interactions and quality attention
to each child’s needs. Our caregivers recognize how important it
is for children to have a sense of belonging, a feeling of being loved,
and a sense of trust in their environment. Warm and caring relationships
with adults provide children with the basis for all types of learning.
Studies have shown the presence of attentive caregivers encourages children
to explore their world. Responsive adult/child interactions children extend
their learning and also gives them the confidence needed to reach out
to other children and adults.
Our caregivers know that children's learning occurs in informal activities
as much as in formal instruction. Children's language development,
for example, begins with the earliest of human interactions. Attentive
caregivers help children learn the words to communicate their needs effectively.
They see everyday caring routines as opportunities for expanding children's
Working together, parents and caregivers can ensure that children see their
educational settings as safe places where adults other than their parents
support and care for them.