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The Creative Curriculum

For Preschool by Teaching Strategies as core curriculum. This is a research based system that allows early childhood educators to develop high-quality programs through the use of a comprehensive collection of resources. Teaching Strategies recently updated this, and we are using the 5th Edition. This integrated curriculum combines and overlaps subject areas, and enhances each other, supports the children exploration, experimentation, creativity, and problem solving. Children are able to practice various social communication skills with peers and responsive adults. They are encouraged to become increasingly independent and self-reliant, resulting in enhanced self-confidence and a positive attitude toward learning.

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Small-Group Projects

Our program provides large group, small group and individual activities with a mixture of teacher directed and child chosen activities. Instruction is based on children’s individual needs, interests, strengths and learning styles. Topics of study are theme based and based on the interests of the children as well. Our developmental appropriate activities and materials help the students make sense of the world around them through a playful, challenging and rewarding program.

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Child Assessment

To assess children’s development and growth, we use the creative curriculum “GOLD” Assessment. Assessment is an integral part of the program and guides the work we do with each child. Each lead teacher and much of the support staff have been trained and participate in ongoing training in the use and implementation of the Creative Curriculum. The purposes of assessment are 1) to identify the needs, interests, skills and abilities of the children enrolled. 2) to compare the developmental progress of the child to the Developmental Continuum ( Creative Curriculum) 3) to use the information gathered to share with the parents and to inform the curriculum and preparation of the learning environment.

As much as possible assessment information is gathered in a naturalistic (classroom) environment and on demand testing is reserved for limited usage. The assessment tool utilized is the Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum(which assures continuity between classroom curriculum and assessment). Our Assessment process is multifaceted and includes: the individual Child Profile (checklist) and Child Progress and Planning Report, individual portfolio notebooks and journals hold sample work, photos and observations of each child; anecdotal records and other teacher created and Creative Curriculum assessment forms. The portfolios and journals are readily available in the classrooms for parents to view at any time. Anecdotal records, teacher notes and the Developmental Continuum forms are secured to protect the privacy of the family. These records are only available to the Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Director and parents. All assessment information is shared and discussed with parents during conferences in January and May when the family is offered the opportunity to also contribute comments and observations and individualized goals are established. Any parent interested in seeing copies of the Developmental continuum and Child Progress and Planning Report may do so by requesting a copy from the Director. If there are concerns about the form or technique used for Child Assessment please contact the Director. In the event of Special Needs Issues, modifications to the assessment techniques may be implemented in order to best meet the needs of the individual child.​

Jacqueline Waters

Dear Parents,

My name is Jackie Waters, I am lead teacher of the Green Group at A Promising Tomorrow ECE program, and I am glad to welcome you and your child to my classroom this year. We have an exciting year ahead of us and we are off to a great start.

I started my journey teaching for EOPA Head Start for four years. I went on to receive a degree at Owen Community College in Business Management and working for an electronic healthcare corporation in project management for 18 years. I have also been an active substitute preschool teacher for 19 years.

I enjoy reading, movies, outdoor activities, and meeting new people. Above all I love learning!

I am interested in teaching and discovering new methods to enhance my students interest and love of learning apart from that, I am always wanting to meet new people and learn about their individual differences and culture. I am looking forward to getting to knowing each student in my class and their parents. This year will be a challenging one for your child as compared to last year, because of more strict guidelines for progress of preschool age children. However, I will try to make our class even more interesting, so that each child understands as well as enjoy their learning. Moreover, I do not just want to stick to academics and developmental checkpoints. Rather, I am planning activities to develop the creative skills and interests of my students. I hope to make this academic year, an educational as well as a fun-filled year for all my students.

If you would like to meet me to discuss your child’s performance or any other problems that he/she is facing in class, you can feel free to meet me after class between 12:15pm to 1:00pm Monday-Thursday or text me and I will call you at 419 360-2321. It will be appreciated if you tell me a day before an in-person meeting, so that I can plan for the meeting. Apart from this, you can also e-mail me at jackie.waters40@gmail.com to discuss any concern you have about your child.

Yours Sincerely,
Jackie Waters