Safe Haven Preschool Curriculum
Extending Preschool Creativity and Learning
Safe Haven Preschool is not only keenly attuned to the needs of its students, but also to those of their families. The Creative Curriculum that we employ is one that actively involves parents in their child’s learning process by providing tools that extend the lessons of the day into the home at night.
Nationally recognized for being forward thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, The Creative Curriculum is designed to help teachers prepare and implement content-rich, developmentally appropriate programs for preschool children. This curriculum uniquely balances teacher-planned and child-initiated learning, while emphasizing responsiveness to each child’s strengths, interests, needs and learning styles in every developmental area.
The Creative Curriculum philosophy is based on five fundamental beliefs:
- Constructive, purposeful play is the best vehicle for meaningful learning.
- The development of social competence is a key focus of the preschool years.
- Relationships are the foundation for learning.
- Curriculum and assessment must be linked.
- Families are essential partners in a child’s learning.
The curriculum’s seven essential aspects of teaching literacy in the preschool classroom includes:
- Talking, singing and playing with language
- Conducting long-term studies
- Meaningful play
- Reading aloud
- Story telling
- Story retelling
At Safe Haven Preschool, we encourage our students to learn about the world around them, and the community they live in. We have found that field trips and nature walks are excellent tools for reinforcing our overall curriculum and daily classroom lessons. Each field trip is thoughtfully planned to coincide with our bi-weekly learning units. Our regular class excursions include trips to the planetarium, the art and science museums, bowling and skating, a pumpkin and strawberry patch, as well as weekly visits to the Cameron Village Library for the preschool story circle.