Thomas Learning Center Curriculum

Thomas Learning Centers has developed an educational curriculum that is them-based. It is the philosophy of Thomas Learning Centers that “play is the serious business of childhood”. We have carefully developed the Thomas Learning Centers curriculum to implement:

The Creative Curriculum®
Zoo-phonics®
Purposeful Play
Emotional ABCs.com®
Everyday Mathematics ®

All of these developmental learning curriculums will allow each and every child to achieve their social and emotional skills along with their academic level of learning throughout the years they spend at Thomas Learning Centers.

The core belief in The Creative Curriculum is all children can learn and benefit from a developmentally appropriate program. Developmentally appropriate program means teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn. The Creative Curriculum will assist to create a learning environment that will support your child’s natural desires to explore and learn. Our educated team of teachers will provide many learning opportunities for every child through “learning centers”, structured and unstructured play that supports and encourages a child to engage in academic learning activities.

The Zoo-phonics Curriculum is a Multisensory Language Arts Program that meets the Colorado common core standards. The Zoo-phonics Curriculum is intended to teach the children the alphabet, reading, spelling and writing. The Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation based on phonics and phonemic awareness. Zoo-phonics uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. The concrete approach cements the sounds to the shape of the letters. Zoo-phonics also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, physical education and sensory/drama.

Purposeful Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Our teachers will provide a mix of free play and structured time to help children build an array of skills and feel more balanced in their everyday lives. Here are six benefits of free play for children:

Builds creativity and ability to come up with unique ideas.
Develops motor planning skills, helping the child to create and carry out ideas, motor actions, and activities.
Fosters decision-making skills.
Unstructured play provides many opportunities to make choices while playing alone or while playing in a group.
Fosters independence.
Helps children learn to think independently and teaches them how to entertain themselves.
Develops social skills and collaborative play skills.
Free play allows children to develop conflict resolution skills and learn to take turns.
It also helps children develop their skills as leaders and as followers.
Provides opportunities for children to discover their interests and skills!

It is important to note that free play does not include time with electronics, such as the television, video games, or computer.  True free play is child initiated, spontaneous and guided by the child’s imagination without the direction of an adult.

Emotional ABCs.com is an activity-based online learning curriculum created with a team of therapists, psychologists, and educators to give every child the emotional skills for lifetime success. With a child-friendly, hands-on format, the program teaches a specific set of tools that children can use to identify/figure out feelings, why they are having emotions, and how to make better choices. EmotionalABCs.com includes more than 100 interactive activities including video clips, mix and match games, listening and drawing activities, puzzles, a full audio dictionary, hundreds of printouts, playing cards, and much more. Skills learned can help establish a common language for parents and children to use when discussing emotional topics and the program models positive behaviors that can help with issues ranging from anxiety or frustration, to acting out and impulse control.

Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through Grade 6 mathematics program engineered for the Common Core State Standards. Mathematics is about numbers, shapes and patterns. It is counting, measuring things, discovering similarities and differences, and solving problems. The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project’s Everyday Mathematics Curriculum is a program in which children “do mathematics.” The program relies on discussion, experimentation, and discovery. In Pre-Kindergarten Everyday Mathematics, children are introduced informally, in the context of everyday activities, which builds a firm foundation for later mathematical learning. If you read to children, they learn to read. Everyday Mathematics supports the belief that if you “math with” children, they learn mathematics.

Thomas Learning Centers’ goal behind all of these developmentally appropriate curriculums is that children are able to learn many important discoveries about their world through their natural play. Allowing guided play throughout the day, children are able to acquire the skill development in social, emotional, cognitive and physical. Play is a critical way for children to learn and understand themselves and the environment around them.

We strongly believe that it is the process that makes the difference in your child’s learning, not the product they produce.

Our staff enhances developmentally appropriate programs by offering challenges just beyond the level of your child’s current mastery skills. This all takes place in a classroom where children are safe and valued, where their physical needs are met on a daily basis, and where they feel psychologically secure.

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