Monthly themes for children under 2 consist of adapting to a new environment through using all five senses and emergent language and speech. For example, in June they are learning the sounds that bees make, as well as identifying the first letter of that sound. They are also moving as bees, promoting gross motor skills development. They are making finger paintings of bees for fine motor skills development, as well as adapting to new sensory development.
Monthly themes for children 2–4 are based on the Creative Curriculum. The curriculum is organized by taking the needs of different types of learners and exposing each child to utilizing their five learning domains (visual, auditory, physical, communication, cognitive development).
As another example, September is the “All About Me” month – children learning about themselves – because for a lot of children September is their first month of transitioning from their home environment to a group setting. Monthly themes for preschoolers are also based on the Creative Curriculum but also incorporate common core units of study as mandated by the Department of Education (DOE). For example, April is the “Season and Weather” month, with a common core unit of study of “Plants.” In that month children learn about seasonal changes and weather changes, as well as planting, including hands-on flower planting, learning about parts of a plant, types of plants, etc.