Curriculum

The curriculum we use at Koala Kare is The Creative Curriculum ®. This curriculum is an excellent program designed to learn through play and teacher directed small group activities. Pre- k and Infant & toddlers use different Developmental Continuum’s, which outlines the goals and objectives for each age group.

Play is an extremely important role in the creative curriculum because through play children learn and grow. By allowing children's play to take place in large blocks of time children are given opportunities to mimic, pretend, experiment, problem solve, cooperate and work on relationships with-in a group.

Infants and Toddlers

Infants and Toddlers learn by exploring, watching, mimicking and experimenting with their surroundings. The Creative curriculum uses these modes of learning when defining their goals and objectives. Infant and Toddlers must feel safe and secure to learn. We create this by offering colorful and bright surroundings our infant and toddlers learn through play. We offer a lot of individual attention to each child so that they may express themselves.

The Creative Curriculum® for Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten TwosGoals and Objectives at a glance

Social/Emotional Development

To learn about self and others

  1. Trusts known, caring adults
  2. Regulates own behavior
  3. Manages own feelings
  4. Responds to others’ feelings with growing empathy
  5. Plays with other children
  6. Learns to be a member of a group
  7. Uses personal care skills

Physical Development

To learn about moving

  1. Demonstrates basic gross motor skills
  2. Demonstrates basic fine motor skills

Cognitive Development

To learn about the world

  1. Sustains attention
  2. Understands how objects can be used
  3. Shows a beginning understanding of cause and effect
  4. Shows a beginning understanding that things can be grouped
  5. Uses problem-solving strategies
  6. Engages in pretend play

Language Development

To learn about communicating

  1. Develops receptive language
  2. Develops expressive language
  3. Participates in conversations
  4. Enjoys books and being read to
  5. Shows an awareness of pictures and print
  6. Experiments with drawing and writing

Pre-Kindergarden

This curriculum uses five components to define these goals and objectives they are a) How children develop and learn B) The Learning Environment, c) What children learn d) The teacher's role e) The family's role. There is a focus on the social and emotional skills, Instructional strategies from child initiated to teacher-directed, Content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. See below the diagram that shows the relationship of all these areas to each other. Play is thread which puts them all together.

The Creative Curriculum® for Infant, Toddlers and Twos
Goals and Objectives at a glance

SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Sense of Self

  1. Shows ability to adjust to new situations
  2. Demonstrates appropriate trust in adults
  3. Recognizes own feelings and manages them appropriately
  4. Stands up for rights

Responsibility for Self and Others

  1. Demonstrates self-direction and independence
  2. Takes responsibility for own well-being
  3. Respects and cares for classroom environment and materials
  4. Follows classroom routines
  5. Follows classroom rules

Pro social Behavior

  1. Plays well with other children
  2. Recognizes the feelings of others and responds appropriately
  3. Shares and respects the rights of others
  4. Uses thinking skills to resolve conflicts

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Gross Motor

  1. Demonstrates basic locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, galloping).
  2. Shows balance while moving.
  3. Climbs up and down
  4. Pedals and steers a tricycle (or another wheeled vehicle).
  5. Demonstrates throwing, kicking, and catching skills.

Fine Motor

  1. Controls small muscles in hands
  2. Coordinates eye-hand movement
  3. Uses tools for writing and drawing.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Learning & Problem Solving

  1. Observes objects and events with curiosity
  2. Approaches problem flexibly
  3. Shows persistence in approaching tasks
  4. Explores cause and effect
  5. Applies knowledge or experience to a new context

Logical Thinking

  1. Classifies objects
  2. Compares/measures
  3. Arranges objects in a series
  4. Recognizes patterns and can repeat them
  5. Shows awareness of time concepts and sequence
  6. Uses one-to-one correspondence
  7. Uses numbers and counting

Representation and Symbolic Thinking

  1. Takes on pretend roles and situations
  2. Makes believe with objects
  3. Makes and interprets representations

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Listening and Speaking

  1. Hears and discriminates the sounds of language
  2. Expresses self-using words and expanded sentences
  3. Understands and follows oral direction
  4. Answers questions
  5. Asks questions
  6. Actively participates in conversation

Reading and Writing

  1. Enjoys and values reading
  2. Demonstrates understanding of print concepts
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
  4. Uses emerging reading skills to make meaning from print
  5. Comprehends and interprets meaning from books and other texts
  6. Understands the purpose of writing
  7. Writes letters and words

School Age

With our school age children we strive to offer them a comfortable place to unwind from school, complete their homework and socialize with their peers. We have an excellent outdoor space and planned activities for when they return from school.