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IKM-Manning Preschool Curriculum

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Creative Curriculum

The philosophy of The Creative Curriculum® is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum® is built on theories of development in young children, that all children learn through active exploration of their environment and therefore the environment plays a critical role in learning. The goal of The Creative Curriculum® is to help children become independent, self-confident inquisitive and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment

The curriculum identifies goal in all areas of development: Social/ Emotional, Cognitive, Physical, and Language. The planned activities for the children, the organization of the environment, the selection of toys and materials, planning the daily schedule and interacting with the children, are all designed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the curriculum and give your child a successful year in school.

The Creative Curriculum® shows teachers how to integrate learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology throughout the day. It also gives the teacher a wide range of teaching strategies—from child-initiated learning to teacher-directed approaches—to best respond to children’s learning styles, strengths, and interests.


Handwriting Without Tears

In preschool, we work on the formation of capital letters. Developmentally, at age four, our little hands and brains are ready to make big lines and big curves. Slanted lines and little curves are a bit harder, but we will learn to make those as well.  

Our writing program Handwriting Without Tears was designed by an occupational therapist who is an expert in how little hands develop. We start by forming our letters with wood pieces, playdough, and then writing them on small chalkboards. After we can build our letters using all these methods THEN, we will practice writing them with a small pencil or little crayon. You will hear your child say things like "Big line down, frog jump up, little curve, little curve" (Letter B)‚Äč.  Click here to learn all the ways your child will learn to write letters!  (https://www.lwtears.com/gss/details)

All of our writing practice in preschool will be in uppercase letters. Don't worry; we will have lots of time to learn to write lowercase letters in Kindergarten and beyond! If you would like to help us learn to write our letters and numbers, please use the guides below. The words we use to explain each step are included as well.