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State of Michigan, Department of Education

Everything we do with our students is directed by the State of Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality. Within the Standards of Quality are the Early Learning Expectations. If you would like to read all the expectations, please click this link to the Michigan Department of Education.

High Scope

The GSRP classes have chosen a curriculum called "High Scope." It is one of the curricula accepted by the State of Michigan. The High Scope Curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a process called "plan-do-review" which strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. To find out more about High Scope, please click here to visit the website.

Creative Curriculum

Our ECP and ASD preschool classes are guided by Creative Curriculum. This is one of the curricula accepted by the State of Michigan, and is a wonderful way to help us meet the Standards of Quality. The Creative Curriculum balances teacher-directed and child-initiated learning. There is a focus on children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. To find out more information about Creative Curriculum, please click here to visit the website.

Handwriting Without Tears

The ECP and ASD classes also use a special program for learning to write called Handwriting Without Tears. Handwriting Without Tears starts in preschool and is continued through elementary school in Van Buren School District. Their website also has lots of information for parents: Handwriting Without Tears