KOOTASCA Head Start implements only research-based, proven-effective curriculum elements in its classrooms. Here are the curriculums that the program uses: Creative Curriculum, Second Step, and Baby Doll Circle Time. Creative Curriculum cycles through study topics throughout the year, exploring areas of study through high quality books, teacher-led large and small group activities, child-selected activities, and intentional, supported play. Second Step (Preschool social/emotional curriculum) uses puppets, role play, small group activities, and classroom discussions to promote pro-social skills. Baby Doll Circle Time (Infant/Toddler social/emotional curriculum) is founded on caring relationships. Baby Doll Circle Time provides the opportunity for young children to experience being the nurturer by interacting with their baby dolls (or teddy bear) in the same ways that we as caring adults might interact with them. As the children play with their dolls, they relive and strengthen the attachment and connection that they have with their caregivers and parents.
The goals of Baby Doll Circle Time are to:
- Enhance attachment
- Increase self-regulation
- Promote trust
- Foster attunement skills
It also provides a wonderful opportunity for young children to develop, experience, and practice compassion towards others by building connection.
Baby Doll Circle Time™ focuses on building connection through:
- Eye contact
- Gentle, appropriate touch
- Being present in the moment
- Playful interactions
Our teachers use Teaching Strategies Gold to assess children’s skills in multiple developmental areas: language, literacy, cognitive, social/emotional, mathematics, and physical. They then use the assessment results to plan targeted activities within the curriculum frameworks to help their students’ progress to ever higher abilities in each area. In addition, teachers share the assessment outcomes with parents multiple times per year, and collaboratively plan student goals with them to make sure each child is ready for kindergarten.