EDUCATION

CREATIVE CURRICULUM

The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This completely updated new edition of one of the country's leading research-based preschool curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations. While keeping the original environmentally-based approach of earlier editions, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool clearly defines the teacher's vital role in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children. It features goals and objectives linked directly to our valid and reliable assessment instrument.

The Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for every state.

The Creative Curriculum:

  • Presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the “what,” “why” and “how” of early childhood education.
  • Offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
  • Addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • Offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • Offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.
  • Contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.
BRIGANCE SCREENING (FIRST 45 DAYS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR)

Brigance is a screening instrument utilized to identify developmental needs quickly and accurately in Head Start/Early Head Start, which allow teachers to easily identify potential developmental delays and giftedness in language, motor, self-help, social-emotional, and cognitive skills—all in 10–15 minutes per child.

  • Nationally normed and standardized
  • Meet federal screening mandates
  • Monitor child progress toward key skills in Head Start domains
  • Easy to score and include cutoff scores to help determine which children might need special services
  • Results help identify developmentally appropriate assessment and instruction
  • Head Start Screen: ages 3, 4, and 5
  • Early Head Start Screen: Birth up to 3 years
AGES AND STAGES (EARLY HEAD START)

The parent-completed Ages & Stages Questionnaire is the most accurate, family-friendly way to screen children for developmental delays between one month and 5½ years, without any gaps between the questionnaire age intervals. Recommended by top organizations such as the American Academy of Neurology, First Signs, and The Child Neurology Society, ASQ-3 is highly valid and reliable. ASQ-3′s questions on behavior and communication also help elicit parent concerns.

ASQ-3 questionnaires:

  • Take just 10–15 minutes for parents to complete and 2–3 minutes for professionals to score
  • Capture parents’ in-depth knowledge
  •  Highlight a child’s strengths as well as concerns
  • Teach parents about child development and their own child’s skills
  • Highlight results that fall in a “monitoring zone,” to make it easier to keep track of children at risk
TEACHING STRATEGIES GOLD

Teaching Strategies GOLD online offers a revolutionary approach to early childhood assessment. It is an assessment tool available to teachers that is user-friendly and inclusive—one that enables them to increase the effectiveness of their assessments while having more time to spend with children. Teaching Strategies GOLD can be used with any developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum and is based on 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. These help teachers focus on what matters most for children’s success. With user-friendly features such as research summaries, color-coded progressions of development and learning, online portfolios, and easy-to-generate, state-of-the-art reports, Teaching Strategies GOLD online saves teachers time and helps eliminate some of the common challenges associated with assessment.​

CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT SCORING SYSTEM (CLASS)

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is a system for observing and assessing the quality of interactions between teachers and students in preschool classrooms. The CLASS examines social-emotional and instructional interactions that contribute to student’s social competence and academic achievement. The CLASS measure includes 10 subscales organized into three domains: (1) Emotional Support, (2) Classroom Organization, and (3) Instructional Support. ​

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