We know from educational research that children learn by doing. Through active involvement with their environment, children are better able to make sense of the world around them. By interacting with their physical and social environment, children continually broaden their frame of reference. The richer the environment, the more opportunities there are for children to learn by doing. As such NCNS has adopted The Creative Curriculum model. The role of the teacher in the Creative Curriculum is to create an environment that invites children to observe, explore, inquire, experiment and make choices.

In The Creative Curriculum, the children’s socio-emotional development goes hand in hand with their cognitive development. As they play and interact with the classroom environment, the children are learning about sharing and cooperation. Teachers promote development of the whole child by recognizing the connection between cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical growth.

A key objective of The Creative Curriculum is to help children develop a positive attitude toward learning. The focus is on the environment where learning takes place. Units or themes still have a place in The Creative Curriculum, but the emphasis is on designing ways in which concepts and understandings can be acquired through the activities and interests of the children in each classroom. Therefore, themes explored in one geographical region may be different than the themes explored in another area since each theme must begin with what the children know and see every day.

The concept of free play is also fundamental to The Creative Curriculum. During this time, children can select activities in the various interest areas throughout the classroom. Children are free to choose as many activities as they want or spend all their time in one area or on one activity.