The Creative Curriculum

Child Playing

At Sunnyside Learning Center we implement The Creative Curriculum in all of our classrooms from Infant to Preschool. The Creative Curriculum is a teaching tool that is based on five fundamental principles. These principals assist the teachers in the following areas of development in order to create a cohesive, developmentally appropriate, and emotionally sound relationship with each child. 

The Principals:

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.

  • Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.

  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.

  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.

  • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

Each classroom at Sunnyside follows a daily plan that incorporates a variety of components, which involve whole group, small groups, or individual participation. We design the day to be a balance between structured activities and free choice.

During the day, dependent upon your child’s age and classroom you might find a variety of activities, including:

  • Spanish Language for Toddler and Preschool Programs, and baby sign language for our Infant Program

  • Science including hands on S.T.E.A.M activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

  • Open ended art activities (painting, drawing, cutting, gluing, playing with various clays and dough)

  • Exploring water or other substances at the sensory tables

  • Dress up and role play in one of the dramatic play areas

  • Block building and construction

  • Creative play with dolls, toy animals, etc.

  • Cooking (cutting, spreading, mixing, health and nutrition)

  • Music

  • Outdoor play

  • Storytime

  • Gardening