Our curriculum serves the needs of pre-school aged children ages 2 – 6. Carter values play in the early childhood curriculum. Our staff offers many opportunities for children to freely explore a variety of materials and engage in imaginative and creative activities. We also provide age appropriate structured learning opportunities. Carter has implemented strategies from the Responsive Classroom approach after staff members attended Needham Public School trainings. This eases the transition from preschool to kindergarten, because children are familiar with this curriculum model.
The month a child turns two years of age they are eligible for enrollment and this would be their first classroom experience at CCC. Carter prides itself on its child to teacher ratio which exceeds the required standards. The Bunny room has three full time teachers caring for 9 children daily. This allows for individual care and attention needed at this young age. The environment is set up for self-exploration, with a climbing structure, dramatic play area and sensory tables. The teachers provide developmentally appropriate activities which encourage curiosity and help to build and support social and emotional development. Teachers encourage autonomy and self-help skills; including dressing themselves and caring for the classroom and personal belongings.
(2 by September) For many Rainbow aged children, CCC is their first group school experience. Our child to teacher ratio allows for individualized attention to teaching social/emotional, cognitive and self-help skills. The classroom environment offers diverse learning and play experiences which could include, modeling conflict resolution skills, reading books, measuring in the sandbox and finger painting.
(3 by September) In this year, children begin to play cooperatively, valuing the relationship with another child over a toy. Children are self directed with a longer attention span. In the Unicorn group, you may find children, sorting, matching, counting or predicting the outcome of a science experiment. Another group of children may be drawing or sitting with friend reading a book. They often create scenarios independently and explore roles in their dramatic play.
(4 by September) Each day begins with a morning meeting, where teachers and children share ideas and preview the day’s activities. The day is filled with a combination of structured pre-math and pre-literacy activities along with creative play. The children engage in intricate art or building projects. Many children demonstrate an interest in creating stories during this year. Teachers take dictation while children illustrate their stories. The creative arts come natural to this age group; they like to explore music, dance, stories and art.