The creative curriculum is one of the best teaching strategies for early learning because it focuses on the development of the whole child. It strives to be innovative, responsive, supportive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate.
The Creative Curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The social/emotional stage helps promote independence, self-confidence and self-control.
Benefits of a creative preschool curriculum include:
· Various creative arts help with the development of both gross and fine motor skills.
· Creative arts provide an outlet to explore and gain control over emotional range.
· Researchers have attributed cognitive development to creative activities. Triggering of imagination stimulates and expands mental capacities.
· Creative learning processes also exposes children to an increasingly socially integrated environment where they can further learn from one another.
The Developmental Continuum is a component of the Creative Curriculum and provides the teacher with a tool for the collection of information, work samples, and anecdotal notes. This assessment is a standardized system for recording and reporting a child's progress.