Today’s children
are tomorrow’s leaders.

What skills do good leaders have? Good citizens? Good people?

We want our children to become caring adults who are creative, resilient, curious, and empathetic. We want these future citizens of the world to have healthy, strong relationships and positive approaches to lifelong learning. Education lays the foundation for lifelong learning.

That’s why it’s important to go beyond math and literacy to educate the whole child.

 

Whole child development “empowers children as creative and engaged citizens who can strengthen the wellbeing of a whole society.”

Edutopia, Whole Child Development is Undervalued

What is the whole-child approach?

The whole-child approach to teaching supports and nurtures all areas of children’s development and learning–from social-emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math, and science understanding–and is a powerful strategy as preschool children transition to kindergarten. It encourages children’s learning and thinking by being responsive to children’s understandings, interests, and abilities, allowing them to deepen their natural curiosity and their eagerness to want to discover and learn more.

 


Why do social–emotional skills matter?

Traits such as critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, persistence, and self-control are
vitally important to children’s full development.

Successful development of social-emotional skills has been associated with

  • reduced years of special education,
  • fewer repeated grades,
  • higher rates of on-time high school graduation,
  • college completion,
  • stable employment, and
  • more likelihood of full-time employment.

Weak social-emotional skills have been associated with

  • reliance on public assistance,
  • criminal activity,
  • substance abuse, and
  • poor mental health.

Why do social-emotional skills matter?

Children who show increased social—emotional competence in Kindergarten are:


Children who show decreased social—emotional competence in Kindergarten are:

Why now?

A complete picture of development and learning not only includes children's language and literacy competence and math and science understanding, but it also includes their physical well-being and social–emotional development. The early childhood years provide a unique opportunity to develop and shape children’s social–emotional skills. In fact, research shows that children’s social skills in kindergarten are early indicators of their success in adulthood.

As children enter kindergarten we want to nurture their critical thinking skills so they can become—and know themselves as—creative, confident learners in kindergarten, throughout elementary school, and beyond.

In an early childhood classroom, it's highly beneficial to focus on academic expectations and to emphasize standards and literacy and math skills, but as educators of future citizens of the world, we also want to make sure that children's social—emotional development coexists and flourishes along with this academic rigor.

What does the whole-child approach look like in an early childhood classroom?

Whole-child learning in an early-childhood classroom is the merger of academic and social development through play- and inquiry-based learning. Our new video series provides ideas and strategies for implementing a whole-child approach in your own classroom.

 


Classroom Video 1


Classroom Video 2


Classroom Video 3


Free webinars on the whole child approach.

Want to learn more? Join us for an upcoming webinar or watch an on-demand archive whenever you want.

 

On-Demand
The Whole Child Bridge: Linking Tenets to Developmental Domains

During this session, we will unpack each of the whole child tenets and connect these tenets to the five developmental areas (physical, social-emotional, approaches toward learning, cognitive development, and language & literacy) that serve as the foundation for whole child development in an early childhood context. Participants will have an opportunity to consider how bridging the tenets and domains can be applied in their schools to realize an approach that truly pays attention to the whole child.

 
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On-demand
The Whole-Child Approach and Why It Matters

This webinar explores the whole-child philosophy, why this approach is so important to ensuring that children are excited and engaged lifelong learners, and the positive effect it has on children’s academic and social-emotional gains. We discuss what this approach looks like in action and share best practices, focusing in particular on the transition into kindergarten.

 
 
 
 

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On-demand
The Warmest Voice in the Room: Modeling Empathy to Create an Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom

Positive guidance in the classroom is essential to creating an inclusive, caring community of learning that benefits all children. In this webinar, we will explore the crucial role teachers and educators play in supporting children to become empathetic and resourceful learners, and highlight what constitutes best practice for modeling an empathetic and positive approach to learning.

 
 
 
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Solutions that address the whole child at any age.

You know how important a whole-child approach is during the early years. Now what?

The Creative Curriculum® was specifically designed with the whole-child approach in mind. It’s designed to support the way that preschool and kindergarten-aged children learn best—through meaningful and purposeful hands-on investigations and play across all areas of learning.

An Opportunity to Explore

The First Six Weeks: Building Your Preschool Classroom Community

The first six weeks of school lay the foundation for the rest of the year. Our newest curriculum offering gives you everything you need to create a positive classroom community during the first six weeks of school:

  • The six Foundation Volumes of The Creative Curriculum®
  • The First Six Weeks: Building Your Classroom Community Getting Started
  • The First Six Weeks: Building Your Classroom Community Teaching Guide
  • Mighty Minutes® for Preschool
  • 56 Intentional Teaching Cards
  • 19 Children's Books
  • 5 Book Discussion Cards
  • Preschool Resource Organizer
  • 1 credit to be used on any of our online professional development courses including, The First Six Weeks or The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool: Foundation.

We know children learn best through exploration, and it's no different for adults. That’s why we wanted to give you a new opportunity to try out The Creative Curriculum® in your classroom. The First Six Weeks: Building Your Classroom Community lets you get to know The Creative Curriculum® with a modest investment. Use it on its own, or as a supplement to your existing curriculum – either way, you’ll be laying the groundwork for a successful school year.

$549.00

A Commitment to Quality

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool

The Creative Curriculum® is a research-based, developmentally appropriate approach to project-based learning that builds upon the natural curiosity of young children—because we know that when children investigate, discover, and play, they learn!

The curriculum provides a unique opportunity to place science and social studies project-based learning at the core of each day while providing opportunities to meaningfully apply skills in mathematics, language and literacy, technology, and the arts.

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten

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A path to fidelity – Professional Development to Support Your Purchase.

Did you know that programs who provide more than 30 hours of professional development see the highest impact on child outcomes?

Professional development is an essential component to your program’s success. Our new in-person sessions and online courses provide educators with the support they need to build a strong foundation at the beginning of the school year.

New! Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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New! Beginning the Year

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New! Fidelity for Teachers

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New! Getting Started with Studies

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26 Social-Emotional
Intentional Teaching Cards™
These teaching cards from The Creative Curriculum for Preschool® offer playful and engaging activities with directions to help teachers individualize each activity to meet the unique needs of all learners.

A CEU-bearing, self-paced online Professional Development Course
This course is designed to guide educators in individualizing social-emotional support for children, responding to challenging behaviors and creating a classroom environment that fosters positive behavior.

 

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