Transforming the Future Generation Academy (TFGA)
TFGA teaching philosophy is based on current research that defines developmentally appropriate practices for children ages birth through 5 years. We work to facilitate children's ability to master basic school readiness skills in five essential domains:
1. Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
2. Social and Emotional Development
3. Approaches to Learning
4. Language and Literacy Development
5. Cognition and General Knowledge
The Creative Curriculum
These developmental goals are aligned with Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Emphasis is placed on respect and appreciation of each individual's abilities and contributions. This developmental approach to education affirms:
1. That children are natural learners who develop at their own unique rate.
2. High quality education meets the needs of each individual child.
We believe that children learn best when:
They are supported by sensitive, responsive, trusted adults who create nurturing environments that support and encourage exploration and independence.
Teachers are intentional in offering choices and responding to their changing interests and abilities.
Their home language and cultural backgrounds are respected and reflected in all areas of the program and parents are engaged in their child's early learning experience.
Their day includes a balance of teacher-facilitated and child-initiated activities.
Florida Early Learning
TFGA uses The Creative Curriculum® which is the country's leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5. It is grounded in current research and theory and supports teachers' increased professional knowledge of best practice. The curriculum aligns with TFGA educational philosophy in that it is integrated with high-quality assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to create a well-rounded program that addresses the needs of early childhood education professionals, children, and their families.
The Creative Curriculum overall provides teachers with the framework for providing high quality, individualized caring and teaching. The Curriculum:
Explains the objectives for development and learning
Describes the characteristics that make each child unique, including temperament, life experiences, dual-language learning and the presence of a disability.
Provides a model for setting up the physical environment.
Provides strategies to help children develop self-regulation, to respond to challenging behaviors, and to guide children's learning.
Explains the role and process of ongoing assessment for learning about each child, following their progress, and planning.
Describes how to build and sustain partnerships with families for the benefit of children.
The Curriculum also defines and provides teachers with detailed information about each of the 38 Objectives for Development and Learning. It presents the research related to each objective, shows the developmental progression for each objective, and explains why the objective is most predictive of school success. Also included are classroom strategies related to each objective. Two additional objectives are included for English language learners so that teachers and parents can follow and support a child's progress in acquiring both receptive and expressive skills in English. Teachers use the Objectives for Development and learning to assess children's developmental levels, identify goals, plan for each child and track children's progress over time.