“And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
The mission of the CREATION Kids Early Childhood Education Curriculum is to weave together instructional supports for the development of healthy and whole children, families, and communities. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the growth and development of young children, molding them to be competent learners and communicators; confident in their sense of belonging; healthy in mind, body, and spirit; and secure in the love of Christ and the Church. The Bible serves as the foundation for the curriculum. The overarching curriculum framework embodies the eight principles of CREATION Health–Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition; and developmentally appropriate practices and evidenced-based research and instructional practices reinforce the curriculum’s value, integrity, validity, and reliability.
The philosophies and principles that shape the curriculum are:
The Seventh-day Adventist worldview which emphasizes the importance of a relationship with Christ, character, work, nature, and service.
The importance of the family in the overall care, education, and well-being of young children — early childhood education and care programs serve as an extension of the home, not as a surrogate family.
Best practices for creating an environment that promotes engagement.
Principles of play-based/inquiry-based teaching and learning, and developmentally appropriate practices that promote critical thinking skills and inquiry as described in the constructivist approach to teaching and learning.
All of these philosophies are reflected in the principles of holistic living as described in CREATION Health!