The North Carolina Department of Education has developed Early Learning Standards called: Foundations.Our classrooms align with the Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies for Guiding Their Success. All Partners In Learning classrooms use the Creative Curriculum as an educational framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program.
Curriculum for the Whole ChildAdaptations are made for the uniqueness of the individual child.Teachers use their own and family observations and reflections to implement plans base on individualized needs. Teachers assess each child’s progress and share their assessments with the family in the form of progress reports and a yearly conference. Conferences are scheduled throughout the year as the need arises. The program supports the identification and individual planning for children with problems in behavior or development building on strengths to meet challenges and supporting the adults involved in meeting the challenges. Children with diagnosed special needs are part of an inclusion system that supports their development and learning in the context of a community of learners and the expertise of specialist.
What Children LearnOn the basis of scientific research and state and professional standards, The Creative Curriculum (link to TCC system books page) identifies the knowledge, skills, and concepts important for preschool children to acquire in each content area: literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We describe the key components of these content areas:
- Literacy: vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books and other texts, and sources of enjoyment
- Mathematics: numbers; patterns and relationships; geometry and spatial awareness; measurement; and data collection, organization, and representation
- Science: physical science, life science, and earth and the environment
- Social Studies: spaces and geography, people and how they live, people and the environment, and people and the past
- The Arts: dance, music, drama, and the visual arts
- Technology: awareness of technology, basic operations and concepts, technological tools, and people and technology
Most importantly, we explain how to teach these subject areas in ways that respect how preschool children develop and learn.