Curriculum


WFA utilizes the Creative Curriculum System developed by Teaching Strategies.  This curriculum is research based and award-winning.  The Creative Curriculum features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

The Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning.  These are fully aligned with federal and state early learning standards and integrated into each and every one of the comprehensive collection of resources that make up the system.  Further, the system lends itself to individualizing curriculum to meet the individual needs of each child.

You can find more information on the Teaching Strategies Website at www.teachingstrategies.com.

Assessing Growth


WFA assess the progress of each child in our program.  The first step is to determine the current ability of the child in each area of development.  Once we know where the child is we can see what is next on their continuum of development.  These next abilities then become our goals.  The educator plans curriculum and the environment to encourage this growth.  As the child accomplishes these goals, new ones are set.  This process of assessment is well documented by the educators using anecdotal notes, videos, pictures, recordings, and work samples. 

Teaching Strategies Gold

WFA utilizes the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System.  Gold is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten.  It is proven to be valid and reliable by extensive field testing.   Gold assesses the same 38 objectives for learning and development as Creative Curriculum.  For more information regarding Gold, visit their website at www.teachingstrategies.com

Assessment Portfolios

An assessment portfolio is a collection of work samples, documentation, and assessments used to help determine a child’s growth and development.  Each child enrolled in our preschool programs needs to have an assessment portfolio on their first day and a new one at the beginning of each school year.  These portfolios stay at the center until the child’s last day or prior to the start of a new school year.

Families provide a 3 inch binder decorated using the following guidelines: 
·         The child’s name should be on the spine of the binder
·         Should include a picture of the child
·         Should include a picture of the child’s family

Family-Teacher Conferences

Family-Teacher Conferences happen twice each school year (November & April).  During these conferences, the teacher will inform the family of the child’s development using the Gold assessment guide and the child’s portfolio.  The teacher and the family discuss this information and formulate future goals for the child.  The family will also receive resources on how they can help their child at home.