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The philosophy behind the Creative Curriculum that we use here at Apple Tree Prep is that young children learn best by doing. Learning does not involve simply repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about our world.
During the early years of a young child’s life, children explore the world around them by using all of their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking). In using the materials that we provide here at Apple Tree Prep, such as blocks, and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors as well as noticing relationships between objects.
Play provides the foundation for academic or "school" learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young children.
The Goals of Creative Curriculum:
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum here at Apple Tree Prep is to help children become enthusiastic and lifelong learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We're teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but throughout their lives. We're allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We're giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Our curriculum aligns with the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) by identifying goals in all areas of development:
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give each child a successful start in school.
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