At the Center for Child Studies, we use The Creative Curriculum in conjunction with other tools and philosophies that are solidly grounded in child development research and theory. For preschool children, we also use the Missouri PreK Standards to guide our curriculum and assessment.
We believe that children are competent and full of rich potential. We believe that our trust in children’s eagerness to learn and their abilities to do so best equips us to guide them as they seek knowledge and understanding. At the Center for Child Studies, we focus on four types of learning (Katz):
- Knowledge and understanding
- Dispositions or approaches to learning
We recognize that children need to develop an understanding of basic concepts and facts (knowledge), as well as develop skills necessary for physical growth, reading, math, science, social studies and other areas of learning. They must also develop approaches to learning, such as asking questions, being persistent in tasks and using problem-solving skills in order to be successful over a lifetime. In addition, we must focus on feelings to help children develop a strong sense of self that builds confidence, guides them as they interact with others and creates competence and a caring attitude toward others.