Curriculum

Children come into the world eager to learn.

At Hilltop Child Care Center, we use THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM, developed by Diane Trister Dodge, one of the nation’s most respected leaders in Early Childhood Education. It is a Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum. This curriculum starts by creating an environment for young children that is conducive to learning and holds the following four beliefs:

  •  Value of Play
  • Importance of Social/Emotional Development
  • Link between Assessment and Curriculum
  • Role of Family in a Child’s Development

Activities will be developmentally appropriate and varied to encourage discovery. Weekly or bi-weekly themes relating to seasons, holidays, religion, world cultures, and general subjects of interest will be planned.  Some themes will be derived directly from students as emergent curriculum.  By combining the teacher’s curriculum and children’s interests, we achieve the goal to educate the whole child and build a solid foundation for learning.

Curriculum Objectives include:

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sense of Self
Responsibility for Self and Others
Pro-social Behavior
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Listening and Speaking
Reading and Writing
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Learning and Problem Solving
Mathematical Thinking
Scientific Thinking
Social Studies
ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Group music experiences
Creative movement, dance, & drama
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Gross motor
Fine motor

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