Handprints Curriculum

The Handprints curriculum is based upon on-going scientific research in early education.  We strive to reach a balance between child-directed activities, and more structured teacher-directed activities by providing an active and engaging environment that provides the most developmentally appropriate setting for optimum learning in young children.  Our teachers strategically plan the classroom day with opportunities for each child to grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually.  “Because we want children to see themselves as inventors, problem solvers, discoverers, and capable learners, we help them develop their natural curiosity.  We encourage them to observe, explore, take things apart, build, create, draw, and see what they can find out. The more active children are in their work, the more they learn and remember.”  A Parent’s Guide to Preschool, Dodge, Diane Trister, Phinney, Joanna, Teaching Strategies®, 2002.  Children learn through play and the Handprints teachers set up the classroom in an intentional way that encourages discovery through play. Teachers use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool© and The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos© as the foundation for creating a rich learning environment for children.

Bible

The Karyn Henley’s Playsongs® Bible Time, 2002, curriculum is the basis for the Handprints Bible curriculum.  It is a hands-on curriculum that complements The Creative Curriculum© as well as Handprints’ philosophy of Christian early education.  Handprints spiritual development goals are based on the spiritual development stages found in Spiritual Growth of Children©, John Trent, Ph.D., Rick Osborne and Kurt Bruner, Tyndale House Publishers, 2000

Writing

Children develop fine motor skills and pre-writing skills according to their individual development.  The teachers use an informal approach to teaching writing and focus on developing pre-writing skills and fine motor development.  As children develop in their fine motor skills the teachers add a more formal approach to teaching writing.

Teaching Strategies: Gold!

We have been working hard toward the goal of providing this new observation-based assessment tool to Handprints! We now have WIFI and iPads in our classrooms which will allow us to provide the gold standard of observation at our center. The kind of assessments we are able to provide for parents now include observing your child during regular, everyday activities on a continuous basis, document what we see and hear, take notes, collect samples of your child's drawings, take photos or video clips, compare the information collected to research-based, widely held expectations for children of similar ages, and use the information to support your child's learning and meet his or her needs.

The exciting part is we will be able to share this information with you on a secure site! The Teaching Strategies GOLD family site makes it easy to communicate with you about your child's ongoing development and our classroom activities. A small annual fee per child will allow us to register your child and provide you with access to this information. Forms can be completed at registration when you enroll your child at Handprints.

 

Social Emotional: Second Steps

Young children who can listen, pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior will benefit more from preschool and be better prepared for kindergarten. The new Second Step early learning program teaches self-regulation and skills that help children learn and manage their feelings, make friends, and solve problems. Short daily activities include Brain Builder games, songs, and puppets your little learners will love. www.secondsteps.org