Principles of Creative Curriculum

At Fisher, we use a creative curriculum, guided by these principles:

  • Develop and maintain a trusting relationship with each child.
  • Implement nurturing, trust-building routines.
  • Provide responsive caregiving to meet the individual needs of children.
  • Provide learning experiences that help children feel competent.
  • Offer children appropriate choices and challenges.
  • Assign primary caregivers to infants and toddlers, to help build trusting, loving relationships.
  • Talk with children, even before they understand anything you are saying.
  • Respond to children’s attempts to communicate.
  • Help children express their emotions appropriately.
  • Provide many opportunities for pretend play.

Five additional fundamental principles guide practice and help teachers to understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and structuring preschool programs in specific ways.

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  2. Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
  3. Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
  4. The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
  5. Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.

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