May 28, 2015
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Curriculum Overview

The GFECC advocates for all learning activities to be developmentally appropriate.  These activities promote success for the child because they are geared to the developmental stage, individual ability and interest.  This is accomplished through:

For information about Lisa Jackey, Curriculum Coordinator, please click here.

To find out how we can help your child get the best start in life, contact Tara Ohayon, Director of Early Childhood, at 214-239-7157 or tohayon@jccdallas.org.

Intentional Experiential Learning Environments

The learning environment is extremely important and when created intentionally is used as a powerful teaching tool.  We often refer to it as the third teacher.  Much of the early childhood teacher’s work is done before the children ever arrive, during planning and preparation of the environment.  When the environment is set up with the consideration of how children learn and develop best, it can positively support teaching and learning. 

Purposeful Play

At the GFECC, we define purposeful play through various activities that are appealing to our children.  These activities can be either child directed or teacher facilitated and are freely chosen, engaging, and intentionally related to previously determined developmental guidelines.  We see play as the driving force behind the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and physical abilities in young children. 

Purposeful play at the GFECC is provided in two different classrooms—one indoors and one outdoors.  The outdoor play environment is used as an extension of the indoor classroom and provides a natural platform for higher level math and science development as well as motor and social skills.

Respectful Relationships

At the GFECC we strive to foster an environment of trust and collaboration through secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships.  The social and emotional development of young children lays the foundation for their cognitive development and ultimately academic success.  Children learn best in an environment that consists of a network of healthy, respectful relationships and where their psychological needs are being met.  When these conditions exist, they feel safe and secure, valued as unique individuals and can become actively engaged in acquiring new skills and knowledge. 

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