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It is our belief at Teddy Bear Day Care that all children are unique individuals.
We understand that each child has their own strengths and weaknesses
as well as their own rate of development. We believe that children
learn by seeing, imitating and experiencing a variety of activities.


Teddy Bear Day Care

Teddy Bear Day Care offers a large range of classes and programs for you and your child. Students can begin learning and developing at TBDC in the Infant Program. Once our students begin walking, they transition into our Wobbler Class, where they work on language and literacy development, social skills, and get exposure to mathematical and scientific experiences.

As students begin to display independence within the daily routines, they move into the Pre-Toddler Class, and then onto our Toddler Class, where each of the above skills are developed. Students continue on to our Preschool and Pre-K Programs, where these, and a whole new set of learning activities awaits them. We also offer Before and After School Program for our students who attend the Lincoln Consolidated Schools.

Program Overview

We like to think of the programs at TBDC as child development, as opposed to child care. As a result, we integrate developmentally appropriate curriculum into every aspect of our students' days. All of our teachers use Creative Curriculum to create their classrooms’ weekly lesson plans. These plans are theme-based; themes are chosen by the teacher and will reflect students' interests, as well as providing opportunities to learn about the world around them.

Communication between TBDC and families is of the utmost importance. Lesson plans are posted for the week in every classroom so that parents may see the specific activities that their child will have an opportunity to participate in. Each class has a bulletin board, as well as marker board, to help keep parents informed about their child’s day in addition to upcoming events. There are also informational boards in the main hall that will keep parents informed of community events, as well as events and activities at TBDC.

Beyond that, each classroom distributes a monthly newsletter, and there is a school wide newsletter four times per year. We also do a weekly email, containing important program information and an overview of the past week. If you are interested in subscribing to this, or in receiving more information on a specific TBDC program, please see the "Contact" page for details on how to do so.

Creative Curriculum

Creative Curriculum is the blueprint for all the planning and implementing that goes on within TBDC's programs. Its effectiveness in helping children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners is well-documented. Not every early childhood education center that uses Creative Curiculum looks alike, and in fact, its implementation varies from classroom to classroom within TBDC. Each of our teachers incorporate their own interests and teaching styles, as well as individualized information on their students and families.

Theory & Research Behind Creative Curriculum

Developmentaly approrpiate practice (DAP) means teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn. According to National Association for the Education of Young Children, DAP provides students with opportunities to learn and practice newly acquired skills. It offers challenges beyond the level of their present mastery and it takes place "in the context of a community where children are safe and valued, where their physical needs are met, and where they feel psychologically secure" (Bredekamp & Copple 1997, pp. 14-15).

In our application of DAP, we have sought to highlight the important balance between applying a general knowledge of child development with the particular knowledge a teacher gains by forming a relationship with each child and family. We have also incorporated new information about the content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology that students can and should learn in an early childhood education setting.

The following is a list of the major theories which guide both Creative Curriculum and TBDC's program:

Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs

Erik Erikson's theory of the "Eight Stages of Man"

Jean Piaget's research on logical thinking

Lev Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences

Sara Smilansky's research on children's play and its relationship to future academic success.

Taken from Dodge, Diane T., Laura J. Colker, and Cate Heroman. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. 4th ed. Washington D.C.: Teaching Strategies, Inc.
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