The curriculum supports linguistic responsiveness. Linguistic responsiveness refers to teaching practices that support the learning, development, and engagement of children from diverse linguistic backgrounds. It includes supports for continued development of children's home or tribal languages by authentically incorporating them into the learning environment. Furthermore, linguistically responsive practices can facilitate English acquisition. Scaffolding strategies support children at any level of English knowledge to fully participate in the curriculum's learning experiences and learning environment.
The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd EditionFull Review & Ratings
Scaffolding Strategies: The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd Edition provides specific guidance to scaffold the development and learning of children who are DLLs. It color codes learning objectives for each domain and offers guidance on working with children who are DLLs, children from diverse cultural backgrounds, and children with disabilities or other special needs. Volume 1: The Foundation offers information on how culture may influence children's development in a variety of ways. Volume 2: Routines and Experiences provides support for including all children and specific strategies for working with children who are DLLs.
Home and Tribal Languages: The curriculum provides guidance on incorporating stories and music from children's home culture into the environment. Volume 1: The Foundation includes strategies for incorporating the languages of families who are DLLs into the program. Intentional Teaching Cards and High Five Magazines are offered in English and Spanish. Additionally, the curriculum offers suggestions in each area of routines and experiences for integrating children's home language, both written and oral. Volume 1 provides guidance on appreciating differences and understanding the influence of culture when getting to know families. It also includes guidance about culturally responsive ways of interacting with diverse children and families. However, the curriculum lacks specific guidance on being linguistically responsive to tribal families.
The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child CareFull Review & Ratings
Scaffolding Strategies: The curriculum provides no guidance to scaffold the development of children who are DLLs. The User's Guide offers generalized strategies that are not connected with monthly units. Water Lily Fun and Big and Little Art in Creative Me units include guidance for providers to lift language and use children's home language to support their participation. Parent Involvement, Family Engagement & Gee Whiz provides guidance on communication between the provider and parents in English and Spanish (e.g., Family Letters, Digital Family Notes, All About My Week Reports). While there are no other language translations available, Gee Whiz Education recommends using Google Translate for any other language supports needed. The curriculum lacks examples of language scaffolding strategies in the monthly units.
Home and Tribal Languages: Gee Whiz Education Curriculum 2019–2020 User's Guide encourages providers to label things in the environment in the languages spoken by the children and use photographs with words to help children connect objects with English words. The curriculum suggests using Google Translate and asking parents for contributions to materials that reflect a wide variety of families and cultures. For example, including clothing and play food in the dramatic play area that represents different cultures or labeling where toys belong on a shelf in children's home or tribal language and in English. The curriculum includes activities for providers to use children's home language but offers minimal strategies in weekly activities and methods to support children's home or tribal language.