At Little Beavs childcare, we believe in a play-based approach to learning, with an emphasis on social-emotional development. We accomplish this through combining components of The Project Approach with the Creative Curriculum. This allows the teacher to be the facilitator while they follow the child's lead in their own education.
Incorporating The Project Approach supports children of all skills and abilities, by fitting into the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which allows all children to participate based on their strengths, abilities and interests from the beginning, rather than adjusting a curriculum to fit the child.
The Project Approach also intrinsically supports Social- Emotional Learning (SEL) by allowing children to ask and answer their own questions, work cooperatively with peers and support each other in their investigations.
The Creative Curriculum offers children and teachers the opportunity to deep dive into emergent topics, work through social stories all while gauging development and meeting the child where they are.
Interactions with children should be strengths-based, loving and meaningful. There should be a focus on teachable moments during play, with strong relationships at the forefront.
What we do:
What we avoid:
Art that focuses on the process rather than the product. This means allowing children to explore materials as they see fit, rather than expecting children to create a certain realistic drawing, painting or product.
A craft is an artistic project with an ending image in mind. A child lead craft is letting the child interpret what something looks like, rather than giving them step-by-step instructions. For instance, if the children are making ladybugs, you might give them paper plates, red paint and black circles. The instructions would be as simple as “make a ladybug.” This allows the child to express themselves while still creating “something.” Crafts can give kids a sense of achievement and allow them to take pride in their work which builds confidence.
Alphabet, numerals, colors, shapes, days of the week, etc.
Use what the children are doing, saying, playing with to inform what the day will look like
A teacher created example of what the project should look like. Doing this can make the child feel inadequate if they’re unable to replicate the project. It can also lead to loss/lack of interest in art.
The Gold Assessment through Creative Curriculum offers a digital platform for monitoring the individual child's performance towards early learning standards. This assessment component is used for the data portrayed at parent-teacher conferences in the spring as well as baseline data taken in the fall.