Curriculum Beyond Centers and Circle Time is a play-based curriculum that focuses on the following aspects of the classroom and the way in which it supports children’s readiness:
Planning of Play Experiences Organization and arrangement of Play Experiences Scaffolding Play Experiences Assessing Play Experiences This curriculum is researched-based and has been developed and implemented in the Creative Center for Childhood Research and Training, Inc. in Tallahassee. SCAFFOLDING is the overall concept of this curriculum and is allows each child a changing quality of learning support. The assistance given to a child adjusts to fit the child’s current level of performance…more support is offered when the task is new; less is provided as the child’s competence increases.
The focus of BCCT is to integrate language, books and other literacy experiences into every play activity area.
Discovery (math and science) Cooking/art (math concepts, pre-reading and fine motor) (in homeroom) Fluid (developmental concepts and social/emotional development) Blocks (spatial concepts, vocabulary and fine/gross motor) Music/movement (gross motor, listening skills and social/emotional) Dramatic (home and community) Computer/Spanish Religion Language arts (letters and numbers, fine motor and cognitive/thinking) Each of these areas will provide enhanced activities with books, stories and unique literacy opportunities.
The richness of this curriculum is allowing your child to participate in both intensity and density of experiences with enhanced resources in each area.
Scholastic Big Day for Pre-K is also used in our classrooms. In Big Day for PreK, each day is organized around three Big Experiences—Whole-Group, Circle Time, and Story Time lessons—that provide an anchor for conversation, play, and learning. Carefully selected activities ground the entire class in a common Big Experience. Big Experiences provide integrated learning opportunities and introduce children to new vocabulary, concepts, and skills. Big Day for PreK provides intentional instruction in all learning domains: Social-Emotional Development Oral Language and Vocabulary Emergent Reading Emergent Writing Mathematics Science Social Studies Fine Arts Physical Development Technology Daily small-group instruction provides multiple opportunities for children to be actively involved in learning, developing skills with teacher modeling, guidance, immediate feedback, and support. Small Group lessons focus on the most predictive skills: phonological awareness, alphabet recognition, and mathematics.