BIG OAK CHILD CARE CENTER

Curriculum

In each classroom, Big Oak implements the Creative Curriculum® and uses Teaching Strategies GOLD™ a tool to assess and track the individual development of each child.

Teachers take anecdotal notes regarding children’s development and learning based on the following categories:

  • Language
  • Social Emotional
  • Literacy
  • Cognitive skills
  • Emerging interests
  • Physical capabilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Acquisition

Younger Toddler Program

  • Receive hugs and appropriate physical affection
  • Learn to be gentle with other people, animals and materials
  • Play with peers in both large and small groups
  • Are introduced to the concepts of sharing and taking turns
  • Begin to explore words with actions, feelings and needs
  • Transition to and from caregivers, and from one activity to the next
  • Help clean up and prepare for meal times
  • Learn to sit and remain at the table during meal time
  • Practice following directions and routines, such as hand washing
  • Explore materials, activities, and physical spaces through creative play
  • Listen to and learn stories, songs and music
  • Introduced to the community, families, and staff that come from a variety of backgrounds

Older Toddler Program

  • Receive hugs and emotional support
  • Play with peers in both large and small groups
  • Expand upon the concept of sharing and taking turns
  • Expand upon and continue to develop language skills
  • Develop beginning problem solving skills
  • Work toward independence
  • Clean up after self at meals and in the classroom
  • Stay and sit at table during meal times, as well as practice eating with utensils
  • Follow directions and routines
  • Continue to discover materials, activities, and physical spaces through creative play
  • Learn about concepts through play, songs and stories
  • Explore the community through field trips, and through interactions with staff and families that come from a variety of backgrounds

Preschool Program

  • Nurture and encourage the love of learning
  • Learn to feel comfortable, relaxed and self-confident
  • Continue developing language skills
  • Learn to identify feelings and solve problems through talking and listening
  • Learn to work as a group and play cooperatively
  • Learn to follow a schedule
  • Use group meetings to plan, problem solve, and discuss classroom issues
  • Expand upon problem solving skills by gathering information, brainstorming and implementing
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  • Initiate and carry out independent activities without direct supervision
  • Continue to develop social skills including developing peer friendships and friendships with adults
  • Continue to work towards independence by accepting responsibility for materials and belongings
  • Explore the community through field trips, and through interactions with staff and families that come from a variety of backgrounds