Newton School for Children’s curriculum is derived from its philosophy of the L3 Principles which are Learning, Love and Laughter.
Learning is based on exploring, questioning and problem solving. NSFC also incorporates The Creative Curriculum developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc., which is implemented in high quality early childhood settings.
NSFC has chosen The Creative Curriculum because it supports the philosophy of our program as well as the Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences developed by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
The curriculum includes:
- Language Arts: Developed through the use of reading books, writing and conversing.
- Math: Introduced through the use of games and manipulatives.
- Science: Explored by looking at the environment and doing experiments.
- Art: Children express their creativity and imagination by using different art materials.
- Cooking: In the process of cooking children learn to measure, weigh, and learn new words such as sift, bake and beat etc.
- Music: Music is a time during which children learn new songs and are exposed to rhythm, beat and the sounds of different musical instruments.
Toddler Curriculum guided by The L3 Principles and Creative Curriculum. Sensory exploration is an important part of the toddler curriculum. The Young Toddlers and The Toddler Group are learning to explore their environment using all of their senses. They gain independence as they learn new skills such as separating from parents, using utensils, learning to dress and undress themselves and beginning to toilet train. Language development is stimulated by the curriculum, which includes thematic units on family, animals, colors, insects and the farm. Cognitive skills introduced include: identifying colors, matching simple objects and patterns, sorting objects by one characteristic and identifying shapes. Children are free to make choices and engage in activities and experiences that are of interest to them.
Preschool Curriculum guided by The L3 Principles, Creative Curriculum, and Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences (Mass. Dept. of Education).
Preschoolers are learning to be independent as they navigate their way through their classrooms. Throughout the day preschool children are offered different choices of activities as they move from center to center in their classrooms. Centers include: math/science, art, library, blocks/manipulatives, puzzles/games, sand/water, and writing. The preschool curriculum is based on thematic units. Some thematic units include: senses, community helpers, our bodies, plant life cycles and mammals. Some of the concepts that preschoolers are introduced to which advance their cognitive skills are: one to one correspondence, sorting by more than one characteristic, rhyming, recognizing and copying patterns and opposites. The older preschoolers will learn the necessary skills to prepare them for kindergarten.
Each child’s progress and development is assessed by the classroom teachers three times per year. The format of the assessment is an individual child portfolio developed by Teaching Strategies Gold (as well as Creative Curriculum’s assessment). The assessment is shared with parents 3 times per year, during the months of November, February, and May. The program may suggest referrals to parents for those children in need of additional services.