Innovations curricula are a perfect fit for getting new teachers off to the right start.  Grounded in early childhood development and learning theory, new teachers gradually come to understand how children grow and learn as well as how to plan appropriate curriculum for children from birth through age five. 


First teachers read about the developmental tasks for the age group with which they are working.  Then they plan and implement 12 developmentally appropriate, high interest curriculum plans that are included in each curriculum book. As children are engaged in meaningful activities, they are learning the developmental and pre-academic readiness skills they need. 


Using the observation and assessment tools included in Innovations curricula, teachers are learning through experience how to observe and assess the children in their classrooms in a systematic way.  After they confirm that children are developing and learning, they are able to turn their observation  to identifying additional curriculum topics to develop into curriculum plans that match children's emerging interests and skills.

 

And, Innovations dovetails nicely with the competency standards of the Child Development Associate credential, allowing new teachers in training to prepare for direct assessment as they accrues the required classroom and training hours. Innovations teacher’s guides contain a series of modules for each age group (Infant, Toddler, and Preschool) that are aligned with the CDA competency standards (click here to see the alignment).  Completion of the guides independently by a teacher or with the support of a mentor results in 40 plus hours toward the CDA’s required training hours.  To see a sample infant module, click here.  To see a sample toddler module, click here.  To see a sample preschool module, click here.




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