Curriculum

Creative Curriculum

Creative Expressions Learning Centers utilize The Creative Curriculum® in our classrooms. The Creative Curriculum is 1 of 4 curriculums that have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and is based on 5 fundamental principles:

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  2. Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
  3. Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
  4. The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
  5. Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

 

4 Key Areas of Development

While academics play a significant role in the curriculum here at Creative Expressions Learning Center, we believe in the development of the Whole Child and structure our educational programs around 4 key areas of development:

1. SOCIAL

Your child will learn how to engage the world around them and will continually get better at communicating both verbally and non-verbally. They will make new friends and gain confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills that will serve them for years to come.

2. EMOTIONAL

Children will enjoy a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where they can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. Your child will gain the comfort and confidence to forge trusting relationships, value their individuality, and have fun just being themself.

3. PHYSICAL

We focus on the physical health and well-being of children so they grow up safe and strong. Motor-skill development, coordination, mobility, and exercise all help ensure your growing child has a healthy body.

4. INTELLECTUAL

Our early education programs help build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Reading, writing, and math are important and children learn by experiencing the world around them.

 

Laying the Foundation for a Lifelong Love of Learning

At Creative Expressions, our core principles begin with the simple truth that each child has a unique and individual nature, worthy of respect, nurture, and celebration.

We believe that children are natural learners who gain knowledge by doing and communicating, which is why we continually plan active and engaging experiences for the children in our care. Our goal is to facilitate experiences that engage your child’s curiosity. We want their earliest educational experiences to be fun so that we can establish a lifelong love of learning.

Our curriculum helps us create an environment that allows children to grow and develop at their own pace. We always seek to have a balance between free choice and structured activities, group and individual pursuits, and teacher and child-directed experiences.

Beyond the classroom, our Whole Child Education philosophy focuses on the idea that vigorous and intentional play experiences are healthy and essential for young children. Part of this philosophy also includes the belief that positive relationships with peers and caring adults promote social and emotional skills that lay the foundation for lifelong success.