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The Creative Curriculum


At Sunnyside Learning Center, we implement The Creative Curriculum in all of our classrooms, Infants through Preschool. The Creative Curriculum is a teaching philosophy based on five fundamental principles that assist Teachers in planning developmentally appropriate lessons and presenting activities in a cohesive manner which supports emotionally sound relationships 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.


The Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness.

Zoo-phonics is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. 

Zoo-phonics also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music,
cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.
 Zoo-phonics is used throughout the United States and internationally as a highly effective and proven methodology!

  • The Animal Alphabet helps children remember the shapes and sounds of the letters.

  • Letter sounds are taught before letter names.

  • Lowercase letters are taught before capital letters.

  • The Body Movement for each Animal Letter helps “cement” the phonemic information into

  • The alphabet is taught sequentially, and as a whole entity, “a – z.” The alphabet is not fragmented.

  • Short vowels are taught before long vowels.

  • Phonemic patterns (at, bat, fat, sat, etc.) are taught first, rather than random word lists (of, it, then, was, etc.)

We use Zoo-phonics with a strong literature-based curriculum that also integrates science, math and social studies. 

Each classroom at Sunnyside follows an age-appropriate daily plan that incorporates a variety of components, including large groups, small groups or individual activities. We design the day to be a balance between structured activities and free choice.

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