The curriculum used at Tomorrow’s World Child Development Center is derived from a variety of notable resources which are in accordance with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) guidelines. Goals for the children, both as individuals and as a group, are developed through various types of observations, by the interests and needs of the children and with a thorough understanding of child development and its milestones.
The teacher’s goal is to integrate social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development into everyday activities. Each age group has a lead teacher who designs weekly lesson plans based on theme related and child driven activities which are aligned with the Early Learning Standards. Each classroom turns in lesson plans on the Friday before the lesson week.
Curriculum is theme based and student directed in the tiny tot, toddler and preschool classes. Goals and objectives are defined for all ages and activities focus on all developmental domains; social, emotional, physical and cognitive. Our goal is to make learning a fun experience and we plan intentionally for children to learn through play. Games, outdoor activities, hands-on experiments, role playing and supervised free play where socialization skills can be reinforced, are at the core of our learning program. To enhance learning, “walking” field trips are planned and visits to local businesses are incorporated. During the month of May, a variety of “Community Helpers” visit the center and share presentations and demonstrations with the children.
Our infant room has monthly themes where lessons are created based on the individual needs of each infant in correlation to milestones. Lesson plans are based on Creative Curriculum for Infants. Our infant room ages are 6 weeks until 1 year of age.
Younger Toddler Room
Our younger toddler room works with children from 1 year to 2 years of age. Weekly lesson plans are based on monthly themes that incorporate individual goals and concepts. Lesson plans are based on Creative Curriculum for Toddlers. The teachers introduce children to a short circle time where concepts are reinforced through multiple learning activities. Mother Goose Rhyme Time, Transportation, Let’s Pretend and Looking in the Mirror are a few examples of themes used in the younger toddler room.
Older Toddler Room
The older toddler room works with children from 2 years to 3 years of age. Teachers guide toddlers in preparation for the Preschool room. Weekly lesson plans are created based on monthly themes such as the Alphabet, Number Recognition, Shapes, Colors and All About Me, using the Creative Curriculum approach. Lesson plans provide enjoyable experiences to enhance development, not discourage it.
The preschool room works with children from 3 years to 5 years of age. Lessons are created using Creative Curriculum for Preschool along with the Foundation series, which focuses on social-emotional development. Weekly lesson plans are created based on weekly themes such as Community Helpers, Personal Health, the Four Seasons, the Five Senses, and Environment and Space.
All rooms stress the importance of learning through play by incorporating multiple learning centers within each room. Examples include, but are not limited to, science, math, dramatic play, blocks, reading/quiet area, puzzles, floor toys, fine motor, sand and water play, creative arts and music areas.