Preschool and Junior Kindergarten

At Kalamazoo Country Day School, we use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Junior Kindergarten. This curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language.

The social/emotional stage helps promote independence, self-confidence and self-control. Within this stage, the children learn how to make friends, how to have group interactions and how to follow rules.

The physical stage is intended to increase children's large and small motor skills.

The cognitive stage is associated with thinking skills.
Children learn how to solve problems, ask questions and think critically.

The language stage deals with communication. Children learn how to communicate with others, listen and participate in conversations and recognize various forms of print.

The Organization of the Curriculum

Knowing Children: describes the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development of children.

Creating a Responsive Environment: offers a model for setting up the physical environment for routines and experiences in ways that address the developing abilities and interests of children.

What Children are Learning: shows the responsive relationship you form with each child, the interactions you have every day, and the materials and experiences you offer become the building blocks for successful learning.

Caring and Teaching: describes the varied and interrelated roles of teachers who work with children.

Building Partnerships with Families: explores the benefit of working with families as partners in the care of their children.

The Role of the Teacher
The Classroom Layout
21st Century Goals