MCCSC Preschool Curriculum is built on the Indiana Early Learning Foundations. The Foundations provide the support to build the activities that foster:
English / Language Arts
Frequent interactions with others, as well as providing opportunities to use (and witness the use of) written language in daily life, enable children to become competent readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.
Approaches to Play and Learning
Approaches to play and learning address the development of executive functions, such as initiative, persistence, and flexible thinking. These attitudes toward learning show how children learn, not just what they learn (New Jersey, 2014).
The exploration of the natural world is the stuff of childhood. Science, when viewed as a process of constructing understanding and developing ideas, is a natural focus of an early childhood program. As children are given opportunities to engage in inquiry of phenomena, they develop many cognitive skills.
The study of people, relationships, and cultures is called social studies. It includes learning about the environment, how people lived in the past, live today, work, get along with others, and becoming a good citizen.
The purpose of including creative arts in early childhood education is to provide a range of activities for children to creatively express themselves. These activities can include, but are not limited to, music, art, creative movement, and drama.
Physical Health and Growth
Children learn through active movement. The development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that leads to such a lifestyle must be taught and should begin early in order to ensure a lifetime of good health.
Social Emotional Skills
Emotional well-being and early childhood mental health have two inter-related components: the attainment of emotional and behavioral regulation and the capacity for positive relationships. As these capacities develop, according to age appropriate expectations, children are also able to learn and function in other domains and content areas.
Mathematics helps children survey their environment and start to form a sense of order. This beginning sense of order is of primary importance in constructing a solid foundation for future success. Children’s mathematical development is nourished by everyday play activities and exploration of the world around them.