William & Mary

Our Curriculum

Our theme-based curriculum is based on The Creative Curriculum and is used as a framework for developing our daily plans and learning experiences for children.  This curriculum emphasizes that children learn best by doing.  

Learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first-hand about the world we live in.  Each room is designed with learning centers with both teacher-directed and child-directed activities and are designed to actively engage children in learning and to promote their creative expression.   As a part of our program, lunch and two snacks are also provided to children while breakfast is made available until 7:30 am daily.

The ultimate goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners.  

The Creative Curriculum has developed a list of goals and objectives for Infants and Toddlers and another for Preschoolers.  The goals for each age group are:

Infants and Toddlers (age 0 - 36 months)

  • Learn About Themselves
  • Learn About Their Feelings
  • Learn About Others
  • Learn About Moving and Doing
  • Acquire Thinking Skills

Preschoolers (ages 3 - 5)

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Language Development

The Pre-K Classroom also actively prepares your child for Kindergarten.  

As part of their day, children can expect activities such as:

  • Morning Group Time: designed to increase oral vocabulary, social and verbal interaction skills and ability to actively participate in group activities
  • Learning Centers: Centers include Creative/Arts, Science, Writing and more
  • Outdoor Play: Designed to develop gross motor skills and to burn ENERGY!
  • Lunch Time:  An opportunity to teach children self-help skills.  Lunch is provided by the Center and is served family-style where children are encouraged to say "Please" and "Thank You" and to compost any leftover food & materials
  • Rest/Quiet Time: Children are encouraged to read books and wind down from a busy morning.
  • Afternoon Routine:  Reserved for reading books, singing songs and playing games.  This also allows an opportunity to review what is learned in morning group time.