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Mosaic Nursery has adopted Creative Curriculum that is considered one of the most dynamic and respected systems for child development across the world. The Creative Curriculum is based on the belief that children need to experience child-directed and teacher-directed activities each day focusing on 10 areas of child development
Social and Emotional Development involves a child learning how to understand their own and others feelings. They must learn to regulate and express their emotions appropriately and build relationships with their peers. Being part of a group of children and interacting with them is an important aspect in a child’s development.
Physical development includes children’s gross and fine motor skills. Balance, coordination and travelling are all part of gross motor development. Children must learn to control their bodies in every aspect of movement. They also need to understand what foods are good for their bodies and how certain foods help them to grow.
Language development is the key to establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and other children. It is children’s desire to communicate their thoughts, ideas, needs and feelings which motivate them to use language. A child also has to learn the structure and sequence of speech, sounds, vocabulary, grammar and the rules of polite, appropriate and effective conversation.
Cognitive development is also referred to as intellectual development is influenced by a child’s approaches to learning as well as his or her biological make up and the environment. A child’s acquisition of knowledge will affect the way it thinks and it is important that a child learns to develop a positive approach to learning.
The early years in a child’s life is crucial for Literacy Development. Literacy learning begins at birth and children should be exposed to books as soon as they can recognize the colors on a page. Reading aloud to children appears to be one of the most important activities for building the understanding and skills needed for reading success.
First hand exploration is important for learning Mathematics. The knowledge children acquire in the first years whilst at play lays the foundations for the mathematical concepts they develop later. Through the essential process skills of problem solving, reasoning, communicating, making connections, children learn mathematical content.
Science content during the early years focuses on living things, physical properties of materials and objects and the earth’s environment. The best way to learn Science is to do Science through integrated hands-on child centered inquiry.
Young children learn through exploring and social studies on how to be researchers, critical thinkers and active members of a classroom community.
Children express themselves creatively through the visual arts, music, dance and movement and drama. In addition to creating, children must learn to develop an appreciation of the art of others. As children draw, paint, sing, construct, dramatize, weave and move, they make new discoveries and integrate while they are learning.
Children who are second language learners are faced with a challenging cognitive task. There must learn to maintain two languages rather than just one. There are considerable differences in how young children take on the task of learning a second language. Some children go through a phase of non-verbalizing as they try and come to terms with the vocabulary. Language learning is a basic feature of early childhood development for all children.
In addition to the 10 areas of development, we have also carefully selected 5 virtues to be integrated with the curriculum through activities.
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