Theory

Early years

The Creative Curriculum’s foundation is based off the findings of six main theorists.

T. Berry Brazelton and Abraham Maslow believed that children need their basic needs met, which include safety, belonging and esteem.
Erik Erikson and Stanley Greenspan focused on the necessity of having supporting, trusting relationships with adults, which increases social,
emotional development.

Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky discussed how interactions with others are crucial in cognitive development.
We use these principles to help make decisions about the care and education of the children. The teachers use their knowledge of child
development, the knowledge of children’s individual needs, strengths and interests, and the knowledge of the social and cultural context within each
child. By using these theorists’ beliefs, we have a solid base to begin when planning for your child.

EARLY YEARS

The organization of the curriculum

There are five basic components that comprise the curriculum.
From these five categories, focus and planning can be aimed so that learning is best achieved.



Knowing children — describes the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of children

Creating a responsive environment — offers a model for setting up the physical environment for routines and experiences in ways that
address the developing abilities and interests of children

What children are learning — shows how the responsive relationship you form with each child, the interactions you have every day, and the
materials and experiences you offer become the building blocks for successful learning

Caring and teaching — describes the varied and interrelated roles of teachers who work with children

Building partnerships with families — explores the benefits of working with families as partners in the care of their children

EARLY YEARS

The role of the teacher

The teacher is crucial to your child’s learning. The teacher is the person who sees your
child daily, plans activities to promote your child’s individual skill, and helps bridge the
gap between what they can do alone and what they need assistance with.

As teachers, we need to:

● Provide many and varied experiences for children
● Allow children time to practice new skills
● Develop positive relationships with each child
● Create a safe environment where children can explore confidently and learn
● Provide many rich language experiences throughout the day by describing what is happening, asking questions, singing and reading
● Offer continuity of care

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EARLY YEARS

Academic Programs

Early Childhood encompasses both Pre-KG and KG. Students range from 3-6 years old during their time in this program. The Early Years Program
follows the Creative Curriculum and the AERO Common Core Plus Curricular Standards for Science and Math.

Mathematics

Integrated into the learning standards provided by the Creative Curriculum for Math are the AERO Common Core Plus Curricular Standards for Pre-Kindergarten. These standards are divided into the mathematical domains of counting, numbers in base ten, operations and algebraic thinking, measurement and data, and geometry. In addition, children are immersed in learning developmentally appropriate mathematical practices so that they are ready to meet the expectations of the Common Core during their next phase of learning.

Student Support

Students in the Early Years program will be supported by an Early Years Counselor who will implement a guidance program based on the standards of ‘The International Model for School Counseling Programs.’ The Guidance curriculum follows learning standards which are aligned from Pre-K to Grade 12 and are developmentally appropriate.

Science

AERO Common Core Plus has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The NGSS also provides some pre-learning standards for the early years. Our school integrates the NGSS into the investigations and topics provided by the Creative Curriculum. The standards are taught through hands-on experiments and collaborative learning. The NGSS approach learning in a cyclical format. Ideas are introduced in earlier stages and built upon at more advanced levels at later stages of a child’s education.