District 45 utilizes the Creative Curriculum (Fifth Edition) in our Early Childhood program. This curriculum focuses on the follwing areas of child development: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and language. There are guidelines and standards that have been developed indicating the content that children should be exposed to by certain age levels. The Creative Curriculum guides teachers in how to teach content from the follwing areas in ways that respect the development of preschool-age students.
Literacy - vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books, and other texts
Mathematics - numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial awareness, measurement, and data collection, organization, and representation
Science - the physical properties of objects, living things, and the earth and the environment
Social Studies - how people live, work, get along with others, shape, and are shaped by their surroundings
The Arts - dance, music, dramatic play, drawing, and painting
Technology - tools and their basic operations and uses
Process Skills - observing and exploring; problem solving; and connecting, organizing, communicating, and representing information