According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), "Curriculum is an organized framework that delineates the content that children are to learn, the processes through which children achieve identified curricular goals, what teachers do to help children achieve these goals, and the context in which teaching and learning occur." We also believe that everything we do in the classroom is learning and thus, part of our curriculum.
Every contact we have with a child is an opportunity for learning. Curriculum cannot be just what is planned or taken from a book if we believe that children learn from meaningful experiences that occur often and are relevant to their lives. NAEYC calls this a "developmentally appropriate curriculum."
Concordia Lutheran Child Care Center endeavors to nurture the spiritual growth of the young child through songs, loving care, and witness. Teachers in the 6-weeks to 18 months classrooms use The Blessing Place curriculum to guide the faith development of their children. Children 18 months and up have a daily Jesus time where they learn of Jesus' love and His plan of salvation for them through Bible stories and activities as suggested by the religion curriculum produced by our denomination. Threes and Fours will also participate in a weekly chapel outside of the Center hosted by Concordia's Church and School.
Concordia Lutheran Child Care Center uses age-appropriate curriculum to guide intellectual growth and development. We have established the following age groups in which thematically based units with activities and creative center play occur to encourage growth.
- Infants (6 weeks-12 months) — The infant program provides staffing and an environment that fosters security, exhibits love and attention, and stimulates physical and intellectual growth that encourages sitting, crawling, walking, and communicating.
- Infants II (12-17 months) — At this level, we encourage movement and exploration through the five senses.
- Toddlers I (18 months-2 years) — These children participate in creative movements, songs, and activities while continuing to explore.
- Twos — This age group continues to create, sing, and move while a special emphasis is placed on language/speech skills and social skills including sharing, listening, obedience, and potty training.
- Threes — At this level, we continue to work on social skills while placing a more intentional emphasis on academic development through continued hands-on activities.
- Fours — As our oldest group, these children are encouraged to be the responsible leaders among us while continuing to learn with somewhat greater academic and social intensity as we strive to prepare them for school life.