The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies -Covers the developmental areas of social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The classroom environment is setup to facilitate learning through hands on, play based activities. Teacher directed learning in small and large group instruction times. The curriculum aligns with the Minnesota Early Learning Standards and MAPS practices for Kindergarten transitions. Curriculum- Objectives for Development and Learning- parent packet
Pyramid Model -Social Emotional curriculum for Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies
Building a classroom community and promoting peer relationships, social skill building , and positive behavior guidance are the main focus of the strategies used. Pyramid Model (social/emotional) information sheet- parent packet
Our tools are researched based and used for lesson planning and individualized teaching. These assessments allow us to provide data for students transitioning into our MAPS Kindergarten classrooms.
TSG Gold- Ongoing observation based assessment that partners with the Creative Curriculum Goals and Objectives. This assessment is used program wide.
Curriculum information packet
Pencil grasp- parent packet
Alphabet Printing- parent packet
Why quality preschool and early care is important?
- Early years are critical to brain development.
- The brain builds itself through sensory experiences which causes connections between cells in the brain (called synapses).
- The more senses involved in learning and the frequency of the experiences make for solid connections…better understanding.
- Movement is critical to brain activity. Hands-on experiences activate the brain.
- Music enhances brain development, especially with math skills.
- Play builds the brain! Play is a child’s work! Play based learning is foundational at MAPS!
- Now is the time to help build brain connections!