bTiny Tot believes that young children learn trough playing and through actively having their hands on the new information. Our curriculum is play-based and process oriented. We believe children construct their knowledge by actively participating and responding to the environment change and social interactions. Our program addresses all developmental areas, stages, as well as individual interests of the children, taking in consideration their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. We aim to prepare the children not only with academic knowledge but also through teaching them collaboration, communication, citizenship, personal and social responsibility - the 21-century skills that are so important in our knowledge-based economy. Bellow you can find about the importance of these skills for children’s success in school and life.
Effective and energetic early childhood classrooms reflect a basic understanding of child development and best early childhood practices. For more than 30 years, The Creative Curriculum® has represented this philosophy, stepping on a solid foundation of research and continually responding to new information into what teachers need to know in order to build high-quality preschool programs.
Now newly revised, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, Fifth Edition presents to us teachers the most current research, and explains the best practices in working with young children and families. It describes the most predictive of school success objectives for children’s development and learning, and offers strategies for promoting children’s social-emotional development as well as content area skills. Below you will find the alignments between “The Creative Curriculum for Preschool” and State Early Learning Standards, which we use to determine our goals and objectives of learning.
If you are interested to learn mora about the creative curriculum and Illinois learning Standards, please visit their websites.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool
Alignment of the Curriculum with the State Early Learning and Developmental Standards
Project Approach and STEM
"Top Note Music Academy" opened in the fall of 2012 by Dan Rosa (Teacher Dan) and Rod Guico and is located at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Il. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Top Note offers private lessons in piano, violin, guitar, sax, drums, etc. as well as programs like music n me (an early childhood development music class for ages ranging from newborn to 5 years) and Junior Rock Star (ages 6 & up), where students learn to play with others in a rock band type setting.
We are very fortunate to have our own "MUSIC N ME" class!
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We created our garden, "Our Common Ground", in the summer of 2010. At that time we had only a couple of tomato plants and some lilies. The following years we have expanded the garden, and in addition to the tomatoes we planted peppers, cucumbers, gourds, pumpkins, corn, and green beans as well as a Butterfly and Hummingbird flower garden. We are also planting sunflowers as part of a scientific challenge, offered from the Earth's Birthday Project.
Expert Visits and Intergenerational Program
Once a year, docents from the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park come to the school to teach us about 3D art.
As an enhancement to our literacy curriculum, our children have the unique opportunity to board on the Skokie Public Library Book Mobile every other Friday and to have a real library experience while enjoying the vast variety of books.
Our Junior Kindergarten students go on regular visits to the "Robineau" Senior Residents Facility across the street to meet and great our friends of golden age and master the art of giving.