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Curriculum and Assessment for Ages 0-5

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Theoretical Basis

Buttercups® Theoretical Basis

Research shows that children learn by doing, and they need many opportunities to explore and grow. Activities that align with best practices can foster creativity, as well as promote emotional, cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development. Developmentally appropriate activities can also build self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning. The adult’s role is to support children’s interests and learning needs.

Our curriculum is based on this philosophy, which is backed by current research findings and grounded in a century’s worth of work by researchers such as Maslow, Vygotsky, Piaget, and Erickson.


Program Goals

  • Each curriculum is based on current research and sound educational theories of early childhood learning and development.
  • We will provide a wide range of hands-on, interactive activities that allow children to use their unique learning styles to experiment and explore their surroundings.
  • The activity suggestions provided in our kits will stimulate creativity, build a positive self-image in each child, and address the needs of the whole child.
  • We will encourage involvement of family members in each child’s learning through literature and suggested activities.
  • The program will be easy to use, flexible, and require minimal preparation by the teacher.