Understanding that every child can learn and has individual needs and skills, PLPD provides a wide range of positive learning opportunities to foster the healthy development of the whole child- social, intellectual, physical, emotional, moral and spiritual. The curriculum is based on child-centered teaching practices that encourage cooperative and play-based learning experiences that are designed toward academic readiness. The multi-cultural enrollment enables children to learn, accept and appreciate the differences among people. PLPD recognizes that parents are an integral part of every child’s development. Parental involvement is actively sought, encouraged and welcomed to enhance each child’s positive self-image and love of learning. The program will daily incorporate and exemplify Christian perspectives. Since children learn as much by observing others as they do by direct instruction, staff members recognize the importance of appropriate role modeling.
Some of the attendant beliefs within our vision for developmentally appropriate child-centered curriculum are:
Learning is what children do-it is not something that is done to them. The classroom environment shall be designed to encourage autonomous, child-directed, process-based learning with opportunities for guided practice from the teacher and/or through social interactions with peers.
Child development is an individual process encompassing unique and individual rates of growth often unrelated to a child’s age. Classroom activities should be differentiated based on individual developmental level and individual learner interests.
Children learn through constructivist theories of development; therefore, all curriculum should be culturally responsive and culturally relevant to every individual child in the classroom.
Children’s experiences shape their individual motivation and approaches to learning, therefore teachers should consider all experiences as a learning experience and should consider every aspect of themselves and their relationships with children, as curriculum.
The classroom will contain interest centers, thereby encouraging simultaneously occurring learning activities. In this way, each child has an opportunity to work in a variety of centers using a variety of materials.
Peace follows the fundamental principles of The Creative Curriculum which is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. The Creative Curriculum® is designed specifically to provide in-depth support for all children and for the unique demands of each day in a preschool classroom. We also utilize a developmentally-appropriate and Christian based approach to instruction, focused on thematic units selected by the teacher and developmental goals for each age group.