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Our Curriculum

New Beginnings uses The Creative Curriculum® for all of our classrooms because it supports Our Philosophy and provides teachers with the content and tools needed to encourage and support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning.

The curriculum is rooted in 38 research-based objectives that are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The objectives for development and learning span from birth through third grade. They enable our teachers to see your child’s development and learning along a progression across their early childhood years.

The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition.


1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

  • Manages feelings

  • Follows limits and expectations

  • Takes care of own needs appropriately


2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships

  • Forms relationships with adults

  • Responds to emotional cues

  • Interacts with peers

  • Makes friends


3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

  • Balances needs and rights of self and others

  • Solves social problems


4. Demonstrates traveling skills

5. Demonstrates balancing skills

6. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

  • Uses writing and drawing tools


8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

  • Comprehends language

  • Follows directions


9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs

  • Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary

  • Speaks clearly

  • Uses conventional grammar

  • Tells about another time or place


10. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills

  • Engages in conversation

  • Uses social rules of language


11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

  • Attends and engages

  • Persists

  • Solves problems

  • Shows curiosity and motivation

  • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking


12. Remembers and connects experiences

  • Recognizes and recalls

  • Makes connections


13. Uses classification skills

14. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

  • Thinks symbolically

  • Engages in sociodramatic play


15. Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition

  • Notices and discriminates rhyme

  • Notices and discriminates alliteration

  • Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound

  • Applies phonics rules and knowledge of word structure to decode text


16. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

  • Identifies and names letters

  • Identifies letter-sound correspondences


17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses

  • Uses and appreciates books and other texts

  • Uses print concepts


18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts    

  • Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections

  • Uses emergent reading skills

  • Retells stories and recounts details from informational texts

  • Uses context clues to read and comprehend texts

  • Reads fluently

19. Demonstrates writing skills

  • Writes name

  • Writes to convey meaning

  • Writes using conventions

20. Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts

  • Quantifies

  • Connects numerals with their quantities

  • Understands and uses place value and base ten

  • Applies properties of mathematical operations and relationships

  • Applies number combinations and mental number strategies in mathematical operations


21. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes

  • Understands spatial relationships

  • Understands shapes


22. Compares and measures

  • Measures objects

  • Measures time and money

  • Represents and analyzes data

23. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns


24. Uses scientific inquiry skills

25. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things

26. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

27. Demonstrates knowledge of Earth's environment

28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks


29. Demonstrates knowledge about self

30. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live

31. Explores change related to familiar people or places

32.  Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge


33. Explores the visual arts

34. Explores musical concepts and expression

35. Explores dance and movement concepts

36. Explores drama through actions and language


37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

38. Demonstrates progress in speaking English

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