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Curriculum

Fun & Creativity

Small Tales follows the Creative Curriculum model. 

This method of learning empowers children to take hold of their growth and learning. Guided by our teachers, children are encouraged to play, explore, and imagine. Creative Curriculum is backed by research and has been proven to give children a leg up when they enter Elementary school. While it allows for play, it also reinforces  routine and mental stimulation. Our curriculum includes a wide range of activities. From art to music, movement to language development. We take a whole child approach to learning. As children progress through our centers, they will learn more and more to prepare them for Elementary school and beyond. Research shows that these are the most formative years of a child's development. We want to work hand in hand with your family to help your child succeed!

Planting Seeds

Small Tales incorporates Purdue University's ELM Curriculum (Early Learning Matters)

For more information about the ELM curriculum please visit  their website and ask our directors for more information!

https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/ELM/index.html

Art

Art serves as a key tool for unlocking the imagination and creativity of our children. Our teachers collaborate with the children daily, guiding them in the creation of their own unique masterpieces!

Music

Music plays a crucial role in aiding children in developing rhythm and patterns, which can, in turn, contribute to their reading development. The incorporation of music in classrooms also serves to enhance children's fine motor skills.

Movement

Movement ranges from basic actions like picking up a toy to more intricate activities such as performing a tumble. In all our rooms, we actively assist children in developing their motor skills. Whether it's helping infants explore the concept of "grabbing" or teaching waddlers to navigate stairs, everyday movements are transformed into valuable lessons, guiding each child on their unique path of physical development.

Language

Language acquisition begins from the moment a child is born. In our infant room, we engage in conversations and sing with the children to contribute to the expansion of their vocabulary. Despite infants not yet being able to articulate words, the benefits of active listening play a crucial role in their language development. As they advance through our program, they will receive more comprehensive lessons in sound, phonics, and, eventually, reading.

Reading

Engaging in reading with children, including infants, fosters the development of their memories, cognitive abilities, and vocabulary. Reading not only encourages creativity and expands their capacity to imagine but also imparts valuable life lessons. Our teachers make it a daily practice to incorporate reading into activities with the children.

Outside Play

This provides children with an opportunity to expend their pent-up energy, enjoy fresh air, and engage in play with friends. This contributes to enhanced social and emotional development, along with the improvement of gross motor skills.

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