Curriculum at Vinehouse includes the child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and experiences offered to young children that support and enrich their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Vinehouse uses the Mother Goose Time Curriculum; Experience Baby (infants ages 3 to 18 months old) as guides for planning the curriculum in each of its program rooms.
Each classroom has weekly lesson plans, posted in the classroom. These plans contain a number of activities, designed to foster each child’s development, and the development of the group as a whole. Lesson plans should be changed in order to accommodate the children’s changing interests.
Each classroom is set-up in centers, which include blocks, dramatic play, books, gross motor, fine motor, and art. Outdoor play is important to a child’s physical development and must be included in both the morning and afternoon schedule. Self- selection or “free-play” is a daily part of the curriculum and means a child has the opportunity to choose which center or activity he/she participates in. This promotes creative expression and development of important social skills.