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Definition of a Creative Curriculum

Updated April 17, 2017

A creative curriculum can be implemented as early as preschool and usually refers to a method of education that is different from traditional learning methods.

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A creative curriculum's aim is to promote a student's social, emotional and intellectual development. Though the course work varies with each school, this strategy often uses unconventional means that lean toward project-based learning environments.


Children who have studied in a creative curriculum tend to be freethinking and open to learning new subjects. The educational organisation called Creative Curriculum states that they combine the latest research into a forward-thinking approach to learning.


A creative curriculum can be utilised in a state school or a child can attend a school that specifically incorporates these teaching methods. Conservatory-type art schools are a good example of a creative curriculum, as are special enrichment centres like the New York Kids Club, which offers unique courses like "gym babies" for preschoolers.


Teachers of a creative curriculum tend to be experts in their field. They can be certified teachers who are innovative or artists who are qualified to teach.

Lesson Plans

A creative curriculum utilises interactive lesson plans. Many of the classes are activity-based instead of relying on visuals like graphs and books. For example, instead of having a class write a paper on "Hamlet," a teacher may assign students to create an artistic project based on the play's themes.

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About the Author

Leah Shiota has been a writer for over five years. She has written articles for LIVESTRONG.COM and "Theme Magazine" covering cars, electronic gadgets and personal health. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Butler University.

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