Early Childhood Center
The Child Care Center (C.C.C.) has two main goals. One goal is to provide teachers-in-training with practical experience, observing, interacting with and teaching children as part of a Bachelor of Education degree program. Another goal is to provide the most up-to-date program and facilities available for the education of young children. These two goals intertwine and are mutually supportive.
The Philosophy of the Center
Children’s early learning experiences have a profound effect on their development. In early childhood, children’s receptivity to new influences and capacity to learn are at their peak. During this period, they acquire a variety of important skills, knowledge and attitudes that will affect their ability to learn, their personal development, their relationships with others, and their future participation in society. The learning they do at the Child Care Center provides the basis for the acquisition of literacy, mathematics and science skills and prepares them for successful learning experiences in later grades. Our teachers provide constructive and consistent learning experiences that will build students’ confidence encourage them to continue to see learning as both enjoyable and useful, and provide a strong foundation for their future intellectual, physical, social and moral development.
The Program and Curriculum
The C.C.C. offers a bilingual program in both Arabic and English, where concepts and skills are not learned in isolation. Children’s challenges are integrated into meaningful experiences, which relate to their real world. Children make natural connections between what they are learning and what they already know. Learning is easier when they see patterns and relationships between what they know and what they seek to understand. They can thus; more easily make links to the real world. However these types of linkages can be greatly enhanced through guided learning situations. At the C.C.C., the program provides an integrated curriculum where the traditional subject areas and timetables are merged.
The curriculum is highlighted by learning outcomes for each subject component. Continuous, formative assessment tracks each student’s achievement through rubric levels associated with these subject components. Progress reports indicate student’s strengths and weaknesses supported by anecdotal comments.