Fundamentals Learning Center uses The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos is a research-based, high-quality resources that build off children’s natural curiosity and interests to promote hands-on investigative learning, hands-on study explorations, while still maintaining responsive routines and caregiving. It enables teachers to transform their planning, teaching, and family engagement experiences in the classroom and beyond.

Daily Instructional Tools

Detailed guidance for providing intentional, responsive care.

Research-Based Objectives, 38 objectives for development and learning at the curriculum’s core.

Focus on Routines and Experiences

Support for daily routines and guidance for engaging children in daily experiences.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten is comprehensive and research-based and features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Foundation volumes help teachers create high-quality learning environments and support deep understanding of early childhood best practices, theories, and research. The daily resources provide the instructional tools and materials to engage children in project-based investigations and make every moment of the day meaningful, intentional, and engaging. As you prepare children for success in school and life, it’s more important than ever to educate the whole child. Research shows that a whole-child approach to education—one where children have opportunities to develop not only math and literacy skills but also social–emotional, physical, and cognitive skills—is developmentally appropriate and better prepares children for life well beyond their time in a classroom. The

Creative Curriculum for Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten enables teachers to transform their planning, teaching, and family engagement experiences in the classroom and beyond.

The Goals of The Creative Curriculum 

The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We’re allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We’re giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

The philosophy of The Creative Curriculum is that the best way to help children succeed is to teach them to be creative, confident thinkers. That means offering them opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery that help build lifelong critical thinking skills and foster confidence. Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking.) The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic observation-based assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. The system may be implemented with any developmentally appropriate curriculum. It blends ongoing observational assessment for all areas of development and learning with performance tasks for selected predictors of school success in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Teaching Strategies GOLD can be used to assess all children, including English-language learners, children with disabilities, and children who demonstrate competencies beyond typical developmental expectations. Using Teaching Strategies GOLD®

The primary purpose of Teaching Strategies GOLD is to document children’s learning over time, inform instruction, and facilitate communication with families. Objectives for Development and Learning Teaching Strategies GOLD enables educators to focus on and measure the knowledge, skills, and behaviors most predictive of school success.