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The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten, with digital resources

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The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten, with digital resources

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Product Overview

When children investigate, discover, and play—they learn.

Research suggests that project-based investigations in the earliest years are critical to engaging children in learning. That’s why we’re excited to introduce The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten, a research-based, whole-child focused approach to project-based learning in the kindergarten classroom.

Through project-based investigations of science and social studies topics that integrate literacy and mathematics concepts throughout everyday instruction, kindergarten teachers can encourage all children to think critically, solve problems, and connect ideas.

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten

  • is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which show the seamless progression of learning and development across the whole of the early childhood years from birth to third grade, in every area that’s critical to students’ future success.
  • provides teachers with additional resources and insight to encourage the growth of students’ social–emotional skills.
  • presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources to help kindergarten teachers use studies as the core of their day while also being able to integrate their existing math and literacy curriculum requirements throughout their daily schedule.
  • engages students at a deeper level of critical thinking as they explore study topics by asking more in-depth questions, introducing more technical vocabulary, and challenging students to investigate on their own and with others.
  • features five learning stations to support students’ learning including Math and Games; Library; Construction and Makerspace; Arts; and Discovery.
  • offers resources for scaffolding students’ development and learning while allowing you to make decisions about individualizing instruction for each student.
  • offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • provides more opportunities for how families can make connections between home and school related to any of the five study topics.

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten Components

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten: The Foundation provides teachers with knowledge-building resources—an overview of everything they need to know to support project-based investigations in the kindergarten classroom.

  • Volume 1: The Foundation presents all the information teachers need to establish a strong classroom community. It summarizes the research foundation for the curriculum and addresses five key aspects of the curriculum: how children develop and learn, the learning environment, what children learn, caring and teaching, and partnering with families. The Foundation also outlines the five learning stations plus the outdoors: construction and makerspace; math and games; library; arts; and discovery. Learning stations can be accommodated into any classroom environment.
  • Volume 2: Objectives for Development & Learning, Birth Through Third Grade describes in detail the 38 objectives in The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten. The volume includes progressions for the whole of early childhood from birth through third grade—helping kindergarten teachers see the important role they play in building a strong foundation for every child’s future development and learning.

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten: Daily Resources are instructional tools that provide guidance and support for purposeful instruction.

  • Teaching Guides (6) provide daily support for the entire school year, offering comprehensive, detailed plans that each span several weeks and guide teachers moment-by-moment through the day.
  • Intentional Teaching Cards™ (201) describe playful and engaging experiences that can be implemented throughout the day, typically at small group time, with directions to help you individualize each experience to meet the needs of
    every learner.
  • Mighty Minutes® (100) are a collection of songs, chants, rhymes, games, and short activities that can be used to turn “brain breaks” into valuable learning opportunities that for the most part, can be implemented without needing any additional materials.
  • The Teaching Strategies® Children’s Book Collection (30 fiction books; 12 nonfiction books) includes beloved classic tales, contemporary works by well-known authors, and original nonfiction books created to complement the studies featured in the Teaching Guides. The books in the collection were chosen for their rich vocabulary, characters, storylines, and for the new ideas and meaningful content in their pages.
  • Book Discussion Cards™ (18) offer support for conducting multiple, effective read-alouds. They help you to explore language, literacy, and social–emotional concepts with students as you read.
  • 3-Step Instruction Cards (20) were designed to give students the opportunity to work independently within the learning stations in your classroom. Each card provides three simple steps for the students to follow, with both visual and textual explanations that help guide their participation in an age-appropriate activity—building upon cognitive, social–emotional, language, literacy, and mathematic skills.
  • Highlights High Five Bilingue™ (12) presents stories, poems, puzzles, and activities in English and in Spanish to support students who are learning both languages and to introduce Spanish to non-Spanish-speaking students.
  • Book Conversation Cards™ (12) helps you actively engage students in conversation during read-alouds, offering strategies for you to use as you guide your students in learning experiences related to Highlights High Five Bilingue™.
  • The GOLD® Kindergarten Entry Assessment Survey (1) offers teachers the opportunity to assess children on an abbreviated set of items that offer insight into the objectives and dimensions that are most correlated with
    kindergarten readiness.
  • The Guide to The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten (1) introduces you to The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten with steps on how to start implementing the curriculum in your classroom. You will find details on the components that make up the curriculum and how everything will fit together to provide you with a seamless day
    of teaching.
  • The Resource Organizer (1) is a specially-designed binder that you can use to assemble all your materials you plan to use on a particular day.
  • Access to The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten, Digital Resources (one year access; annual subscription) through the MyTeachingStrategies™ platform, including access to Intentional Teaching experiences, the six Teaching Guides, weekly and monthly planning calendars that can be populated or rearranged with just a few clicks, and
    much more.

Kai-leé Berke

Kai-leé Berke is the CEO of Teaching Strategies, the leading provider of early childhood solutions for programs serving children from birth through third grade. She is a lifelong early childhood educator, having taught and cared for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners in public, private, and Department of Defense programs.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, she held roles as Teaching Strategies’ Vice President of Curriculum and Assessment, Chief Product Officer and Chief Academic Officer, during which time she co-authored many of Teaching Strategies’ most impactful solutions, including the GOLD® assessment system, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, and The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten (in press).

Heather Baker

Heather Baker, MLS, has cared for infants and toddlers, and worked with preschool-aged children doing project-based investigations. As a Teaching Strategies consultant and staff member, Heather has co-authored publications, such as Come Cook With Me and the Get Fit! Kit, and also helped develop The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, Teaching Strategies GOLD® online, and numerous professional development sessions.


Erin Seagraves

Erin Seagraves, MS, has been a preschool teacher in a variety of programs including Head Start and has served as a center director. Prior to joining Teaching Strategies, Erin worked in early intervention, supporting families of infants, toddlers, and twos who had concerns about their child’s development through their Early Intervention process. Now at Teaching Strategies, Erin creates materials that support teachers, coaches, and administrators, most recently co-authoring Coaching to Fidelity, Infant, Toddlers & Twos Edition.


Tracey Perkins

Tracey Perkins, MEd, is a Content Development Associate at Teaching Strategies. She has taught and cared for children from birth to fifth grade. Prior to joining Teaching Strategies, Tracey worked in Early Head Start programs and Title 1 public schools as a lead and gifted strand teacher. Now at Teaching Strategies, Tracey creates materials that support teachers, coaches, and administrators, most recently co-authoring The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten and updating the newest edition of The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care.


Clarissa Martinez

Clarissa G Martínez is a Content Development Associate at Teaching Strategies, where she creates materials and professional development to support teachers, coaches and administrators. Prior to joining Teaching Strategies, Clarissa worked as an administrator and trainer at a Migrant/Seasonal Head Start program, and was a bilingual/English as a Second Language teacher in Texas. She recently co-authored Coaching to Fidelity, Preschool Edition, and is a frequent presenter at early childhood workshops and conferences.


Diane C. Burts

Diane C. Burts, EdD, is a former preschool, Head Start, kindergarten, and university teacher, as well as professor emeritus of human ecology at Louisiana State University. She is former director of the LSU Preschool Laboratory, Grace Drews Lehmann professor, and division head of family, child, and consumer sciences. She was the endowed chair and director of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education at Utah State University. Dr. Burts is co-editor of the book Integrated Curriculum and Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Birth to Age Eight.

Cate Heroman

Cate Heroman, MEd, has worked in the field of education for over 35 years. She has been a preschool and kindergarten teacher as well as an administrator at the Louisiana Department of Education, providing leadership, training, technical assistance, and support in the areas of early childhood and elementary education. She is a co-author of many Teaching Strategies resources, including the Teaching Strategies GOLD® assessment system; The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool; The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum Assessment Toolkit for Ages 3–5; Helping Children Rebound: Strategies for Preschool Teachers After the 2005 Hurricanes; Building Your Baby’s Brain; Literacy: The Creative Curriculum Approach, and numerous others.


Toni Bickart
Toni Bickart, MS, is co-author of Teaching Strategies' newest products: The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and the Teaching Strategies GOLD® assessment system. She is also a co-author of Building the Primary Classroom; Math Right From the Start; Reading Right From the Start; and What Every Parent Needs to Know About 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades. During more than 18 years at Teaching Strategies, she has been responsible for product development and production and provided professional development services, keynote speeches, and workshops at schools around the country.

Patton O. Tabors
Patton O. Tabors, EdD, retired in 2005 as Principal Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has directed research and published numerous articles and several books for academic and practitioner audiences, including One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language and Beginning Literacy with Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School (co-edited with David Dickinson).


Steve Sanders
Steve Sanders is a Professor and Director of the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science at the University of South Florida. Throughout his career, he has promoted the idea of being physically active for life. He has also written many papers and several books about movement programs for young children. In 2005, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education presented Dr. Sanders with its Distinguished Service Award.