Creative Curriculum Lesson Plans
What Is "Teaching Strategies"?
Creative Curriculum lesson plans are the heart of the Teaching Strategies method of early childhood education. Teaching Strategies, Inc. was founded by Diane Dodge, an author and child advocate. This company has been publishing materials and training educators since 1988.
The company's focus is on children from birth through eight years old. Teaching Strategies offers both curriculum and assessment materials, as well as training services and parenting resources.
Ms. Dodge earned a Master's degree in education and then spent 30 years working with educators in a variety of areas. Later she became the education coordinator for a Head Start program in Mississippi. All of these experiences served to clarify her own teaching philosophy and approach to early childhood learning.
Creative Curriculum is the foundation of Teaching Strategies. It helps educators and parents plan programs that are tailored to the individual children that they are teaching. This program has four core areas:
- Social Studies
The curriculum covers all types of learning environments from preschool to home child care and is geared toward all types of learners including children with disabilities and children who need a faster paced learning environment. It is not a good choice for homeschooling, however, since the curriculum is geared towards teaching a group of similarly aged children. It is similar to Waldorf in the way it encourages children to learn at their level of ability and interest so if you like this curriculum but are homeschooling you might want to consider looking into Waldorf.
Creative Curriculum Lesson Plans
Creative Curriculum lesson plans are intentionally vague so that the educator can use individual experiences and environment to facilitate learning. The curriculum encourages the teacher to observe her students closely to get ideas for teaching. For example, if a thunderstorm occurs the teacher might take that opportunity to teach about thunder and lightning. If one of the students has a grandparent coming to visit from another state or country the teacher might take that opportunity to teach about that place.
Users of this program have created a variety of lesson plan styles that you can access on the web. Some of these are:
Creative Curriculum Online
Creative Curriculum also has a website to help schools connect with parents. If your education provider is connected to this site you can do things like:
- Access a personal journal between you and your child's teacher
- View an electronic profile of your child including images, artwork, and other samples of schoolwork.
- Read reports on your child's progress and get recommendation on how you can support what he is learning in school.
- Access an extensive resource center.
- Access weekly planning forms.
Using this tool is a great way for parents and teachers to work together without the need for time consuming meetings and phone calls that just wouldn't be practical. In the long run you will feel more connected with your child throughout the day.
If your school used this curriculum but is not using the
website it would be worth asking them to consider doing so. Creative Curriculum is meant to be used to encourage young children to learn as much as they have the capacity for while making it personal for their lives. In turn the adults involved should use the tools to their fullest.