The curriculum is not just the goals of the program and the planned
activities but also the daily schedule, the availability and use
of materials, transitions between activities, and the way in which
routine tasks of living are implemented. Criteria for curriculum
implantation reflect the knowledge that young children learn through
active manipulation of the environment and concrete experiences
which contribute to concept development.
The curriculum encourages children to be actively involved in
the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally
appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue their own interest
in the context of life in the community and the world.
Long range and short range goals: The curriculum
is planned to reflect the program’s philosophy and goals for children.
The curriculum goals are based on individual assessment of each
General goals include:
Foster positive self concept.
Develop social skills.
Encourage children to think, reason, question, and
Enhance cognitive skills
Enhance physical development and skills.
Encourage and demonstrate sound health
Encourage creative expression
and appreciation for the arts.
diversity of staff and children.
How Children Learn:
Young children learn by doing. Learning is a
complex process that results from the interaction of children’s own thinking and
their experiences in the external world. Maturation is an important
contributor to learning because it provides a framework for which
children’s learning proceeds. As children get older, they
acquire new skills and experiences that facilitate the learning
process. For example, as children grow physically, they are more
able to manipulate and explore their own environment. Also, as
children mature, they are more able to understand the point of
view of other people.
Knowledge is not something that is given to children as though
they were empty vessels to be filled. Children acquire knowledge
about the physical and social world in which they live through
playful interaction with objects and people. Children do not need
to be forced to learn; they are motivated by their own desire to
make sense of their world.
Staff encourages learning not by lecturing and verbally giving
instructions but by taking the role of a guide or facilitator.
They prepare the environment so that it provides stimulating, challenging
materials and activities for children. Then, teachers closely observe
to see what children understand and pose additional challenges to
push their learning further.
Staff arranges the environment to encourage meaningful experiences
which promote learning for young children. If the learning is relevant
for children, they are more likely to persist with a task and to
be motivated to learn more.
808 Foothill Blvd, La
Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 | 818-790-3842 ext. 12
State of California,
Department of Social Services - License # 191202090