Our Curriculum & Approach
The Flance Early Learning Center utilizes The Creative Curriculum® in our classrooms. The Creative Curriculum® is a nationally high-quality, researched based curriculum which focuses on providing responsive, intentional care while honoring and respecting the role that teachers play in helping children develop secure attachments and gain confidence as learners. The Creative Curriculum is based on 5 fundamental principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
Flance embodies the LUME Approach to early childhood education, which is the core model at University City Children’s Center. The LUME Approach centers on understanding and nurturing the WHOLE child, from the inside out in three major developmental areas: 1) Psychodynamic Development; 2) Early Language and Literacy; and 3) Values and Character.
The Spheres of Understanding
The “Spheres of Understanding” methodology focuses on developing children from the “inside out” through the unique combination of early literacy and language development, values and character development, and psychodynamic development.
• A psychodynamic approach to the understanding of human development and relationships promotes autonomy and resiliency in children and develops their ability to successfully regulate themselves in their environment and interactions with others.
• Early literacy and language promotes the development of cognitive skills and improves comprehension levels, all of which are important for academic success. Establishing a strong foundation of brain architecture early on in childhood makes it easier to build more advanced cognitive, emotional, and social skills as the child grows.
• Values and character develop in an environment that models trust, empathy, and compassion as children live, internalize, demonstrate behavior, and ultimately embody these core values that are reflective of the culture.