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Creative Curriculum plus

We at Enep’ut strive to give our children something to help them learn and grow in a developmentally appropriate way. We have many enthusiastic, creative, and adventurous kids at Enep’ut; a curriculum that keeps them focused and helps them learn is crucial.

Creative Curriculum is the “backbone” of our curriculum. A creative curriculum’s aim is to promote a student’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Children who have studied in a creative curriculum tend to be free-thinking and open to learning new subjects. A creative curriculum utilizes interactive lesson plans and is very open ended, allowing the children to continue for weeks on one theme. We decided to use the creative curriculum as the mainstay of our students’ learning and take pieces of the other three major curriculums to make one perfectly suited to Enep’ut’s children!

The Constructivist Curriculum follows the theme of child-centered learning, where the child uses their own knowledge, experience, and values to understand what they are learning in a way that is developmentally appropriate for them. We use this philosophy as a tool for our teachers. Thinking of learning as child-centered will enable our teachers to acknowledge the individualism and different learning styles of the children.

Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest and passions as well as the teacher’s. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience. Rather than starting with a lesson plan, which requires a “hook” to get the children interested, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests. This is not to say that the teacher has no input; in fact, teachers may well have a general topic they think is important for children to study, and they may purposely include certain materials or experiences related to it as jumping off points. We believe it is important that teachers observe and really get to know the children and their interests. Having a lesson plan built from a child’s interest will not only draw the child in, but will allow the teachers to see things from the child’s point of view.

Montessori is the final curriculum we invoke. Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. Using these as direction in lesson plans and environment, Montessori has a natural and systematic way of learning and teaching

  • Self-preservation
  • Orientation to the environment
  • Order
  • Exploration
  • Communication
  • Work, also described as “purposeful activity”
  • Manipulation of the environment
  • Exactness
  • Repetition
  • Abstraction
  • Self-perfection
  • The “mathematical mind”

In the Montessori approach, these human tendencies are seen as driving behavior in every stage of development, and education should respond to and facilitate their expression. We use Montessori structure and organization to bring our plan of open-ended, creative, child-led, and focused lessons together in a calm and organized fashion. Enep’ut’s curriculum is then implemented by teachers who observe, document, and make the necessary changes that help all of the children learn at their own developmental level.


What this means for your child

Enep’ut is a family-based center. We want your children to feel as comfortable in ‘our house’ as they do in your home. Enep’ut is licensed for 51 children. We have two sections, an infant/toddler room that cares for children 2 months to 2.5-3  years and a pre-kindergarten/school-age room that teaches children 2.5-12 years. See Enep’ut’s philosophy regarding age mixing and sibling interaction.


Care of infants and toddlers

The curriculum in the infant toddler room is structured to best suit your infant/toddler’s individual needs. Each child receives personal attention from their teachers throughout the day with diapering, feeding, cuddling, rocking, singing, and finger plays. The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers is a comprehensive curriculum that helps teachers create the very best program for your child.

To add structure to their day, we keep a daily chart to record your child’s activities, eating, napping, and elimination habits. The daily chart goes home with you at the end of each day. Our main goal is to do what’s best for your child developmentally, and we welcome your input. You are the expert on your child!

Goals for infant/toddler learning

  1. Goal: To learn about self and others – Social/Emotional development
  2. Goal: To learn about moving – Physical Development
  3. Goal: To learn about the world – Cognitive Development
  4. Goal: To learn about communicating – Language Development

Detailed toddler and wobbler daily schedule:

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Arrival/Select project
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast, if brought in
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Clean-up/Wash-up/Diapers
9:00 AM – 9:25 AM 15-min Circle time/15-min Structured activity
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Morning Snack
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Clean-up/Wash hands and face/Diapers
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Arts&crafts/Educational/Structured play
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Story time/Bathroom/Diapers/Wash-up
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Lunch clean-up/Wash hands and face
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Bathroom/Diapers
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM PE (inside or out)/Sensory activity
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Nap (Kids can sleep till 3:00)
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Bathroom/Nap clean-up/Snack
3:20 PM – 4:00 PM Small group centers
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Bathroom/Diapers/Wash face
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM PE (inside or out)/Educational activity
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Bathroom/Diapers/Wash hands and face
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Departure/Free play

Music, dance, and structured story time will supplant outside play when the weather is inclement.

Preschool classroom

In the pre-school room, we have a large age range, and a matching wide range of activities suited to the developmental needs of “big kids”. We have learning centers throughout the classroom. Each child has the opportunity to work at their own pace and level of ability. The learning centers are designed to encourage creativity and imagination. We believe that children, especially older toddlers and pre-K children, learn most effectively by hands-on experience, and we encouraged them to make decisions, solve problems, learn to share, and give and receive graciously. Our hope and ultimate goal is that your child will develop a positive self-image and self-confidence.

The curriculum for both rooms is theme-based. We have monthly themes and weekly subjects that teach children about themselves, others, and the world around them. For example, in the fall the subject prepared might revolve around leaves: different trees in different areas of the world, what different leaves look like, and when they change colors. The children would engage in art activities, games, and reading about different plants and look at picture books on trees and leaves around the world. The lessons would connect them to their immediate environment and give them a glimpse of other areas around the world.

Cooking with the Cook!

Enep’ut offers cooking classes and nutrition education activities throughout the year. We believe is that cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but one that has been used for years as an important teaching and development tool for all ages. “Cooking with the Cook” promotes:

Social-Emotional Development – Hands-on cooking activities help children develop pride and confidence in their skills and abilities. The act of following a recipe can encourage self-direction and independence, while also teaching children to follow directions and problem solve.

Physical Development – Chopping, squeezing, spreading, and mixing are all cooking skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination. It’s impossible to separate hands-on cooking activities from physical development for young children.

Cognitive Development – Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, thinking and problem solving, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. Additionally, cooking offers authentic opportunities for children to understand and apply their knowledge of measuring, one-to-one correspondence, numbers, and counting. As they follow a recipe, children organize ingredients, follow a sequence, and carry out multiple directions. Cooking has a connection to multiple content areas including mathematics, science, arts, social studies and literacy.

Language Development – With its own vocabulary, cooking is a great opportunity for language development.

Children learn a variety of things about food, the kitchen, meal planning, and cooking through this program. The “Cooking with the Cook” series incorporates special events and activities, as well as provides food items that will coincide with lesson plans and curriculum themes.

Detailed preschool daily schedule:

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Arrival/Select project
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast, if brought in
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Clean-up/Wash-up
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Morning Circle Time
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Puzzle/Block play
9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Wash hands/Bathroom
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Morning Snack
10:20 AM – 10:30 AM Clean-up/Wash hands and face
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Arts&crafts/Educational/Structured play
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Story time/Bathroom/Wash hands
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Lunch clean-up/Wash hands and face
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Bathroom
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM PE (inside or out)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Nap/Quiet play
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Quiet play
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM Bathroom/Nap clean-up/Snack
3:40 PM – 4:00 PM Small group centers
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Bathroom
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM PE (inside or out)/Educational activity
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Bathroom/Wash hands and face
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Departure/Free play

School-age children and summer care

For the school age children, Enep’ut is a structured, yet fun environment. It is a great combination of continued learning and socializing in both indoor and outdoor activities. After a long day at school, your child can find a quiet area for working on homework (and receive assistance, if needed), choose fun activities to work on, socialize with friends, or just relax with an interesting book. Please see our summer program designed specifically for the school-age and preschool children as an example of upcoming activities for next year.