Curriculum

At First Impressions we  implement a state approved, research-based, curriculum called the Creative Curriculum.  This curriculum is aligned with the NJ State Core Curriculum standards.  We are excited about how the curriculum helps teachers focus on children’s particular interests, strengths and weaknesses. This curriculum enhances our students growth and enthusiasm for learning.

The Creative Curriculum includes age appropriate goals for children in four areas of development:
Social/Emotional : we promote independence, self-confidence and self-control, encourage children to learn how to make friends, how to have positive group interactions and how to follow rules.
Physical :  we work to increase children’s large and small motor skills.
Cognitive  (thinking skills) : children learn how to solve problems, ask questions and think critically.
Language (communication) : children learn how to communicate with others, listen and participate in conversations, and recognize various forms of print. They begin to recognize letters and words and begin writing for a purpose.

There are five main categories of importance in the Creative Curriculum. Using these five categories, we focus our planning so that learning is best achieved.  Teachers teach by:

  • Knowing children — the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of children
  • Creating a responsive environment — setting up the physical environment for routines and experiences in ways that address the developing abilities and interests of children
  • Providing learning opportunities — creating a responsive relationship  with each child, through interactions, materials and experiences that become the building blocks for successful learning
  • Caring and teaching — filling varied and interrelated roles in the classroom

Building partnerships with families — exploring the benefits of working with families as partners
The role of the teachers within the Creative Curriculum- The teacher plans activities to promote each child’s individual skill, and helps bridge the gap between what they can do alone and what they need assistance with. Teachers:

  • Provide many and varied experiences for children
  • Allow children time to practice new skills
  • Develop positive relationships with each child
  • Create a safe environment where children can explore confidently and learn
  • Provide many rich language experiences throughout the day by describing what is happening, asking questions, singing and reading