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A Little About Our Curriculum

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The Planned Curriculum

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The "Intentional Learning Experience" designed by a teacher in response to what is known and observed about the child is called the:


Planned Curriculum


It is based on a vision of society, values, philosophy, a particular observation of the small apprentice, and the educator and the way the educator translate​s a vision into a learning experience.


It originates from 3 broad sources:

  • The belief about what is of worth to know
  • An observation of the little learner and the level of her development and,
  • A comprehensive knowledge of early childhood development by the teacher.

The Importance of the 

Planned Curriculum

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Early childhood programs are specific to early childhood development. The Planned Curriculum is tailored through observation of individual need, interest, and learning style of the child. Environments and experiences are designed to support the child’s development and learning. 


The child’s family and culture are a critical connection in the evolution of the little learner. Play, child choice, and cooperative relationships are essential and important in the serious business of learning and a critical part of the Brighter Child curriculum

In Terms of 

Our Curriculum

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As an Early Child Development Practitioner - we know how important it is to:

  • Meet the child where she/he is developmentally - know them well - enable them to reach goals that are both challenging and achievable.
  • Provide environments and experiences that are age and developmentally appropriate and be attuned to the little learner as a unique individual, being responsive to the social and cultural environments in which he lives.
  • Set goals and experiences that are suited to the child’s learning and development and challenge him enough to promote progress and interest.
  • Base practice on knowledge - not assumption - of how the little apprentice learns and develops.  

Curriculum Contributions 

to Development

Curriculum Contributions to Development address all areas of development and are designed to help the child develop understanding and skill in one or more subject areas (e.g. math, literature, art, etc.) Each subject area in the early childhood curriculum can contribute to all areas of the child's development but can be seen as primarily emphasizing one or two areas, as illustrated. Each developmental area collaborates to create a unique balance in each child. But each has a significant value in childhood development.


The perimeter of the graph illustrates the areas of early childhood development. It is through the practitioner that these areas may or may not be substantially developed in childhood.

The skillful design of our curriculum and structuring creates an environment where the child becomes an active collaborative learner with a disposition to explore and inquire.


Early childhood practitioners teach by arranging the environment and by supporting children as they play with each other. We observe and then provide just the right challenge to support the individual development of the child.


The skillful practitioner must be mindful, creative and open, and teach through thoughtful, intentional interactions with the child daily. We consciously connect with the little apprentice in order to extend learning by being present and focus on what is happening with the child and by interacting and connecting and letting him know we see him and appreciate his interest and we are carefully listening... (o;

The Theory of 

Multiple Intelligences

I created these cute little graphs in child development classes during my college years. They illustrate important areas of development in early childhood. Brighter Child promotes each of these ares of development through continual observation and assessment of the child. 


The theory of multiple intelligences proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential. We place attention on the little learner who shows gifts in specific intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and many others who enrich the world. We reinforce these areas of development in the child by staging the environment with a rich variety of materials that promote growth and cultivate their area/s of strength.


The theory of multiple intelligences has been a major transformation in early childhood education. It suggests that practitioners present their curriculum in a wide variety of ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, media, inner reflection, and much more. We offer environments so that each child has the opportunity to learn in ways that are harmonious with their unique minds and learning styles. These intelligences shape the little apprentice. By helping the child to develop his area of strength we give her a self-perception that is fundamental for lifelong success. 

            Brighter Child has long been committed to providing experiences that are meaningful, that engage the child, that develop the child’s curiosity and that support positive attitudes about learning, school and life long success. We embrace the idea that learning should be a joyful and meaningful experience for the little learner. 

           

          Knowing the importance that the arts, sciences, and humanities play in the little apprentice make for a more informed assessment as new views are recognized and may be applied to the curriculum. We keep an open mind toward the ongoing and continually developing early child development core standards that are essential in providing the best opportunities for cultivation in the developing apprentice. We know that the most crucial skills are social skills, self-regulation and oral/language skills, that are absolutely requisite and a precursor for the child to be prepared for kindergarten. This is, "a brighter approach...".

The Brighter Child Apprentice is - your child

ap·pren·tice

əˈpren(t)əs/

Definition of apprentice

1 : a view to learning an art or trade

2 : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers; a trade, an art, or a calling;

a carpenter's apprentice


The Brighter Child Apprentice is a:

  • Student
  • Intern
  • Novice
  • Learner
  • Beginner
  • Trainee
  • Tenderfoot

             Pedagogy Practitioner - that's me (o;

ped-a-go-gy

Ped-uh-goh-jee, -goj-ee

Definition of pedagogy

1: the function or work of a teacher; teaching.

2: the art or science of teaching; 

     education; 

     instructional methods.


The Brighter Child Educator is a:
  • Theorist
  • Specialist
  • Instructor
  • Trainer
  • Tutor
  • Coach
  • Expert
  • Teacher
  • and more - Jill of all trades (o;