What does it look like?
“The curriculum consists of the plans for the learning experiences through which children acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and understanding.”
~NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Position Statement
At DDC, we believe in play-based learning, which may look different from other preschool settings. Some programs use a “boxed” curriculum, which provides lesson plans, activities, and all the necessary reading or print materials. Although these can be helpful, our program enjoys the flexibility of following the children’s interests, rather than focusing on one theme or idea just because it’s the theme of that month. This approach allows our teachers to customize playful learning experiences based on the children’s interests, abilities, and developmental levels, and ensures that we are connecting their learning to their real and immediate world. To ensure that our practices are evidence-based and developmentally-appropriate, we structure our plans for learning within the Highscope Preschool Curriculum.
So what is my child learning?
In short, they are learning how to be human: how to exist in this big and confusing world, how to use their bodies in safe and appropriate ways, how to feel and name emotions, how to solve problems with others, how to follow instructions, how to do simple tasks for themselves, and how to BE. We don’t force letter or number recognition, early reading, or other cognitive concepts because we believe that these higher academic skills will come once children learn how to regulate their bodies and their emotions.