Kids’ Safari follows the Creative Curriculum® which meets the Wisconsin Early Learning Model Standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. Materials and activities are planned to encourage children’s developmental learning and support diversity and traditions of our families.
All learning activities and materials are based on developmentally appropriate practices (activities and materials that support optimal learning for children at a specific age and developmental level). By assessing children’s development, our caregivers act as facilitators to encourage children to participate in activities that will accentuate their success and growth in all development domains.
Kids’ Safari Learning Center implements activities and learning opportunities founded in the Creative Curriculum framework for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool. The curriculum is developed in coordination between the program director and teaching staff. Each unit of study is developed through consensus of program teams and are carried out through learning plans and environmental structures. The developmentally appropriate curriculum is developed with a focus on speech and language, literacy, math concepts, science and discovery, sensory exploration, music and movement, social studies, creative expression/arts, physical development, health, safety and nutrition and technology.
The curriculum provides opportunity for teacher and child directed activities, exploration, experimentation, creative expression and physical development. Each learning plan provides large group, small group and individual learning opportunities. Learning plan guidelines have been developed by the director and offer consistency and manageability for all classroom teachers.
Learning plans include explanation of activities and materials as well as objectives for learning for the following developmental areas: speech and language (discussion and nursery rhymes), literacy (read alouds, nursery rhymes and books), math concepts, science and discovery, music and movement, games, writing, creative expression (art and dramatic play), social studies (family involvement and social/emotional), physical development (gross and fine motor), health and nutrition (cooking and phy-ed), and technology (computers and I-pads). Small group, large group, and individual learning activities are written in detail for daily/weekly implementation.