Children's interests, questions, and discussions are the guiding factors used to plan the curriculum. As they engage in projects that are meaningful to them, children learn to work together collaboratively and respectfully. Educators encourage your children to work through challenges and build upon their strengths, develop flexibility to find solutions to their problems, and to be curious about how things work. As crucial as it is to master life skills for the future, your child's present life is what’s important now. Addressing your child’s needs now will help him prepare for the future.
Mill Creek Early Childhood Program. . .
Provides a child-centered curriculum and meaningful activities that challenge your child to explore their interests, acquire knowledge, and build new skills. At the same time, your child can practice skills, achieve goals, and experience success so that they gain self-confidence, feel proud of their accomplishments, and learn to love learning.
Plans a balanced schedule in which your child does not feel rushed or fatigued.
Fosters a sense of community within the group. For instance, photos of your child’s family are prominently displayed; different aspects of their home, culture, and home language are part of the classroom; and your child sometimes works on group projects (such as creating a mural). Your child will feel like he or she belongs. They will learn that it’s important to respect others, despite differences, and to work together as a team.
Helps your child get the most out of every learning situation. They make comments, ask questions about what he or she is doing, suggest other things to do, and add new challenges as they are ready for them.
Observes and respond as needed to help your child resolve social conflicts. They talk to your child about what has happened and helps them come up with a solution acceptable to all—thus helping them build problem solving skills they can use in the future. With help, your child is able to think through what happened and find the words they need to express their feelings and their suggestions for solving the problem.
Promotes language and literacy by reading stories aloud, encouraging your child to talk about their work, creating a classroom environment rich in different examples and uses of print (in English and children's home languages), and helping them turn their ideas and artwork into books. They encourage your child to talk with each other and engage them in meaningful conversations about topics of interest to the children in the class.