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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.


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.​

The Power of Open-Ended Questions


Developing language and communication skills often come naturally to kids. Emulation and imitation are often a part of child development that helps them develop these skills.

As we provide childcare in Toledo, Ohio, we know that parents and educators may still need to guide their kids when developing language and communication skills. One of the best ways to help kids is by using open-ended questions. Let’s discuss the impact of using open-ended questions.

  • Prompting Cognitive Development

    Developing cognitive skills is vital in early childhood education. Using open-ended questions when conversing with your kids can supplement this development.

    These questions prompt kids to come up with more detailed answers—responses that go beyond given choices. Using open-ended essentially boosts their critical thinking skills.

  • Boosting Conversation Skills

    Of course, open-ended questions will boost their language, communication, and conversation skills. These questions help them convey their thoughts better.

    Through these boosted language and communications skills, they can boost their social skills. They can also thrive more in childcare programs when they have honed their social and conversation abilities.

  • Getting to Know Your Kids Better

    Every parent needs to take steps to develop a strong bond with their kids. A thriving relationship often benefits both parties. When you integrate open-ended questions when interacting with your children, you will get to know more about their developing personalities and the depth of their thoughts.

Here at A Promising Tomorrow Early Care & Educational Center, we are more than happy to employ this technique, among other methods, to help improve your young one’s communication and cognitive abilities. Our preschool in Ohio is here for your child’s learning needs. Call us today for your inquiries!

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