VISIONS FOR CHILDREN CURRICULUM INTRODUCTION

Program Goals

The philosophy of Visions for Children is drawn from Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles by Janice-Hale Benson, (The Johns Hopkins University Press, (1986).

Early childhood educators commonly accept that preschool environments should be as homelike as possible. However, because many social scientists regard the Black home as pathological, this principle is often not applied to preschool programs designed for Black children. Every attempt should be made to incorporate key features of the Black child’s home into the preschool learning environment. The intent is to create a learning environment that complements the culture of the home.

The emphasis of this program is to make a child happy and comfortable in school. In other words, our primary goal is to help the child enjoy learning – not simply prepare him for the public schools. The philosophy of this model is that the purpose of preschool education is to provide the child with planned group experiences that will enrich his background and enhance his or her readiness for formal instruction in the elementary school. The function of early education is not to push the content of first grade downward into earlier and earlier age levels. Therefore, the overall orientation will be to expose children to a wide range of experiences. The curriculum will be balanced so that Afro-American culture is explored and legitimated at the same time that the children are taught about Euro-American and other cultures. Although the curriculum content will be broad, basic areas will be emphasized in this model: