The foundation of our program is the Creative Curriculum. Each day the children take part in carefully planned experiences that promote their interest and growth in literacy, art, mathematics, science, social studies, music and movement. These experiences engage children in creative thinking and socialization, while imparting the important “school readiness” skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten. Teachers attend to the individual needs and abilities of each child through one-on-one, small group and whole group activities. At SouthSide, we build the Creative Curriculum around topics that the children select themselves and then “study” for two to four weeks. Working with topics that interest them, and learning through play, children learn to investigate, probe and problem-solve.
Recently, SouthSide children studied Cars, Pizza and Clocks.
To ensure that we are meeting the needs of our children and preparing them for academic and social success, teachers assess individual and classroom progress frequently throughout the year. With the support of the Mentor Teacher and Center Director, teachers then adjust curriculum and create new strategies to address areas of need.