Curriculum & Progress Reports

Curriculum and Progress Reports

Curriculum at Garrison Family Care is designed for children ages 12 months - 4 years of age.
Although mainly Reggio Emilia inspired, methods are a mixture of philosophies including public
school practices, NAEYC, Creative Curriculum, Montessori, and regulations for developmentally
appropriate set by the DEEC. Accommodations and modifications for age and ability differences
are made as needed on an individual basis.

Literature and personal experience inspires interests and questions among the children,
which directly influences what will be studied. "Study" in this case means presenting a problem,
then providing time, materials, and guidance as the children work to solve it.

    "You saw leaves outside? How did they get there?"
    "What should we use this big box for?"
    "I found some paint. How could we put it on the paper?"
    "Her tower was knocked down. What should we do?"

Presenting open ended questions does a few things for the children. First, their responses
demonstrate their understanding of the situation and their abilities in the related areas of
development. Secondly, it makes the child an integral part to the curriculum, which reinforces
their participation. Knowing this, I am able to help children meet the objectives of an activity by
doing what they enjoy. I believe using this method at a young age teaches academic skills, social
skills, and to have fun while loving learning.

Infant and Young Toddler Curriculum
The development and needs of an infant are far removed from that of a preschooler. Additionally,
decisions of infant care vary greatly and are deeply personal. I wish to maintain care as closely to
the parents personal style as possible. For those reasons, curriculum and progress reports will be
developed and implemented on an individual basis for infants and young toddlers.

School Readiness
Each day will follow a routine that is geared towards the needs of young children. Activities will
include large movement activities, small motor practice, exposure to academics, social skills practice,
emotional awareness, and multi-sensory activities. Daily activities will be based on observations of
children’s interests. The activities and programs are cumulative throughout the year. Regular
attendance is expected so that each child is able to get the full benefit from our explorations.

Daily Routine

7:30 Drop Off, Free Play
8:45 Breakfast
9:00 Drop off end time
9:15 Circle Time
9:30 Projects & Activities, Indoors or Outdoors depending on weather and current interests
11:45 Lunch, Brush Teeth
12:15 Quiet Time/Napping
2:30 Fine Motor Focus
3:00 Music & Movement
3:30 Snack
3:50 Outside Play
4:25 Clean Up Time

Drop off & Pick up times will be based on your individual contract. 
Drop off is between 730am-9am. 
Pick up is between 230pm-430pm.
Half day programming drop off is at 830am and pick up is at 1130am.
All drop offs must be completed by 9AM. All pick ups must be completed by 430PM.

Special Needs
I have experience working in early intervention (ages 0-36 months), preschool (ages 2-5), and
school age (K-5th) special needs educational settings. Reasonable modifications and accommodations 
will be made for children as needed. Therapists and teachers are welcome to provide services within
my program space. I am comfortable integrating individual program goals into the general curriculum.
If your child has special needs, please make an appointment to discuss any specific concerns.

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be completed based on direct observations of the children and evaluation of their
activities and projects. Progress reports will be sent home quarterly or biannually, based on a child’s
age and needs. Regularly scheduled parent conferences will be held in October and April at parent request.
Additional conferences will be scheduled as needed.

Outdoor Play
We will have outdoor play when the temperature falls between 25°-90°F.
Dress your child in clothes that are both comfortable and can get dirty.
Keep in mind we go outdoors in wind, rain, snow, and sun.
I keep “rain pants” on hand for especially muddy days, but it is highly recommended that you send
children in clothes that can get wet, dirty, and colorful and make sure their extra clothes bin is stocked