Just like a seedling bursting with life, the world of a preschooler is a constant picture of growth and wonder! With discovery at the forefront, our curriculum provides you (teachers and families) with the tools needed to fill such moments of discovery with important truths and values. At Ivy Kids, we embrace the ideas of Core Essential Values – that OUR VALUES ARE CORE. We believe that the use of a common language of monthly values and their life applications (or bottom lines) within a preschool has the power to change behavior, enhance relationships, and foster academic growth…even with 3-year-olds! Beyond that, though, we believe there is something much more powerful at work in our resources and your school. We believe that WORDS ARE ESSENTIAL. The words you use in your conversations with (and about!) children, other teachers, administrators or supervisors, and parents have the power to change your preschool. We believe that the words you use can:
Our foundational ideas for our Seedlings curriculum have become The Big 3. These align with what elementary, afterschool, and middle and high schools who use Core Essential Values curricula are teaching, so if your whole school district is on board, you can all be aligned.
The Big 3 are:
For PRESCHOOL, the Big 3 are:
Each of the Core Essential Big Ideas (values) and Seedlings Bottom Lines point to one or more of the Big 3.
2014 – 2015 Bottom Lines
August 2014 I am loved and can love others. Value Word: Respect – Showing others they are important by what you say and do.
September 2014 I can be trusted. Value Word: Responsibility – Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you
October 2014 I can dream and imagine. Value Word: Creativity – Using your imagination to do something unique
November 2014 I can say thank you. Value Word: Gratitude – Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you
December 2014 I can give. Value Word: Generosity – Making someone’s day by giving something away
January 2015 I can keep my promises. Value Word: Commitment – Making a plan and putting it into practice.
February 2015 I can care for others Value Word: Kindness – Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them
March 2015 I can wait. Value Word: Patience – Waiting until later for what you want now
April 2015 I can share. Value Word: Peace – Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument
May 2015 I can tell the truth. Value Word: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do