The Creative Curriculum:
The Marco Y’s Early Learning Programs, first, provide a safe learning environment for the children aged 2 to 5; and, second, prepares children for success with State Standards through a rich collection of resources that help teachers guide all children to be as successful as possible when they enter kindergarten. The creative curriculum outlines the six core components and includes two additional components specific to the YMCA.
Literacy: In our program, you’ll see a print-rich environment with a well-stocked library of books and audio. You’ll find staff reading to children, children leafing through books, and adults and children talking about what they are reading.
Mathematics: In our program, you’ll find children using a variety of math-related toys, tools and games. You’ll hear children counting, and observe them manipulating measurements and sorting and classifying collections.
Science: In our program, you’ll see staff talking about the world around them, introducing scientific ideas to children, and responding to and expanding upon children’s observations. Don’t be surprised if you find nature activities happening in the preschool garden or in our forest preserve.
Social Studies: In our program, you’ll find children trying on different roles in the dramatic play corner, and you’ll find children and adults taking responsibility for their environment by recycling.
Art: In our program, you ‘ll find children and adults listening to, moving to and making music, art materials including paints, markers, crayons, clay, paper and glue and young children participating in puppet shows or performing skits or stories they’ve read.
Technology: In our program, you’ll find children using a variety of tools, both for play and for real and you will see children as young as 3 or 4 using a computer.
Healthy Habits: From our Preschool Gardening Initiative to Sports Days, you will find children learning healthy eating and activity habits.
Social, Moral and Spiritual Development: You will find our staff demonstrating, teaching and celebrating our core values of honesty, respect and responsibility.