At TSL Roots Early Learning Center, we have two major departments of our curriculum programs. With our center being a ministry of Trinity and St. Luke’s Lutheran Churches, We have a religious curriculum program. We also strive to provide quality child care that focuses on multiple domains of learning and development. Therefore we do have a child development curriculum program too.
For our religion curriculum we use Gospel Light Nursery Baby Beginnings Kit for ages 0-2. We will use ChristLight for 3 Year Olds: 48 Stories and Cross Connections for Early Learners.
For our developmental curriculum we will use Creative Curriculum. We will make use of their Infant, Toddler, and Two’s (Infant-Toddler Curriculum - The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies, n.d.), Two’s Expanded Daily Resources (EDR For Twos Sampler, n.d.), and Preschool Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum - The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies, n.d.).
Following the research, studies, and theories by leaders in both education and early childhood development, we can raise our student’s experience with us to a higher level of developmentally appropriate practices. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Erik Erikson’s Lifespan Theory of Socioemotional Development, Jean Piaget’s stages of development , Lev Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development , and John Dewey’s hands-on approach to learning help us learn about how children develop. We realize that as children grow, children develop in many different domains and at different rates (NAEYC, 2020). However, children 3 and under learn well through hands-on, play based learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2003) with teachers who are knowledgeable about child development and psychology (NAEYC, 2019). Children need open-ended materials (Frede & Ackerman, 2007 ) in a warm and nurturing environment where caring and loving teachers will assist them in expanding their knowledge (Follari, 2018, pages 50, 54) of the world that God has made for us.
Curriculum Handout Page 1
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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
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