Preschool Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a proven research-based curriculum, serves as the foundation for our preschool curriculum at Scribbles.  It is based on six components:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • The Arts

  • Technology


A major piece of The Creative Curriculum is the play-based environment in which children learn.

The Creative Curriculum guides children's experiences in an environment that is most conducive to their development and learning and is linked to a valid and reliable assessment instrument designed to assess the child’s progress and development and guide program planning.

At Scribbles, teachers and families will serve as partners in the assessment and reflection of each child’s development and growth.

Four rigorous independent studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. Each study found positive impacts from improved classroom quality, resulting in less discipline needs and stronger academic and social skill development.

Accordingly, all classrooms at Scribbles are designed by utilizing centers (interest areas) that address at least one developmental area. These centers include:

  • Dramatic Play (including full kitchen sets and dress up closets)

  • Technology (a center with a Dell computer and educational software)

  • Arts and Crafts (easels, paints, craft supplies)

  • Building Blocks (allows for construction and destruction)

  • Quiet Time Reading (books and a quiet reading area)

  • Science and Math

  • Carpet and Table Games.


Children are given blocks of free-choice time to work throughout the classroom as well as teacher guided activity time.

We believe that it is critical to instill a love of reading in our children at a very early age and children at Scribbles are read to from infancy to preschool.  A large emphasis of our program is on early literacy. All of the centers are print rich and give ample opportunities for children to journal about their play or to read.

Preschool Classrooms

The design and set up of our Preschool Classrooms is a core piece of our curriculum. The learning environment is critical to supporting children’s developmental needs and growth.


Each room is set up according to 10 interest areas organized around the 6 learning components in which children are developed and assessed — literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and technology :

  • Blocks

  • Dramatic Play,

  • Toys and Games

  • Art

  • Library

  • Discovery

  • Sand and Water

  • Music and movement

  • Cooking

  • Computers (with educational games).



Each room is equipped with child-sized toilets and sinks. The design of our classrooms allows for structure, yet also allows enough autonomy for children to develop through discovery in their play based learning environment.


Young Preschool (Ages 2 1/2-3 1/2 years) provides a more structured space to allow an easy transition to the preschool room. The Young Preschool room is organized around centers (interest/learning areas) including:

  • Art

  • Dramatic Play

  • Story Time

  • Building and Blocks

  • Sensory-Motor and Fine Motor Development.


A unique aspect of the Young Preschool room is a direct view of planes arriving at the Bloomington Airport. The children can view planes landing and taking off throughout the day – a favorite activity of children at this age!

Preschool Room Teachers

Miss Emma

Lead Teacher - Young Preschool


Emma has completed her Associates of the Arts degree with a focus in Early Childhood Education. She is currently attending ISU to complete her BA in Early Childhood Education.


Emma has previously worked with toddler age children and has completed Creative Curriculum  and Conscious Discipline training


Interesting Info:

She has been a volunteer for the ISU and St Patty's Day parades.


Scribbles History:

Emma joined Scribbles in 2019.

Miss Kara

Assistant Teacher - Young Preschool


Kara completed her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Special Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education.  She has spent many hours during her education in various Special Education and mainstream classrooms collecting data on, observing, assessing, and teaching students.


Interesting Info:

Kara has volunteered her time in many organizations including Sigma Rho Epsilon (an honors fraternity for Special Education majors), Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Special Olympics.


Scribbles History:

Kara joined Scribbles in 2020

Miss Susie

Lead Teacher - PreK 1


Susie attended Eastern Illinois University and earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Heartland College.


She earned her ECE Level 3 Credential as well.


Interesting Info:

Susie and her husband have 2 children.

Scribbles History:

She has been with Scribbles since 2009. Susie first worked as an assistant preschool teacher.

Assistant Teacher - PreK 1


Ashley is currently attending Heartland Community College to complete her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. 


She has spent time working with special needs high school students. Ashley also has experience working with children ages birth to school age in various capacities during her high school and college careers.


Scribbles History:

Ashley joined Scribbles in 2019.

Miss Ashley L.

Miss Dani

Lead Teacher - PreK 2


Dani attended Blackburn College and received her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Heartland Community College.



She has over 10 years experience working with children from infants to preschool.


Interesting Info:

Dani has one daughter and one son.

Scribbles History:

Dani joined Scribbles in 2011, as an assistant teacher in the Two's and  PreK 1 Room. 

Miss Taylor

Assistant Teacher - PreK 2


Taylor graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Degree in Child & Family Studies



She has previously worked with infant & toddler age children.


Scribbles History:

Taylor joined Scribbles in 2014

Miss Regina

Lead Teacher - PreK 3


Regina graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  


She has over 17 years experience teaching in Bloomington. She has taught 3rd, 4th and, 5th grade most recently, but has experience in all age groups. 

Interesting Info:

She has two children.


Scribbles History:

Regina joined Scribbles in 2019.

Miss Ashley D.

Assistant Teacher - PreK 3


Ashley received her degree in Social Work from Illinois State University


Scribbles History:

Ashley joined Scribbles in joined Scribbles in 2014 first as a full time sub, then as an assistant teacher in Toddlers.

Miss Kelly

Lead Teacher - PreK 4


Kelly graduated from Kankakee Community College in 2005 with an Associates in Business Administration in Child Development. She has an ECE Level 4 Credential and her Infant/Toddler Level 4 Credential.  


She is a member of the McLean County Association for the Education of Young Children (MCAEYC). 

Interesting Info:

She is a volunteer firefighter/first responder for the Ellsworth Fire Department. Kelly and her husband have one child.


Scribbles History:

She has been with Scribbles since 2011 beginning in the Toddler 1 Room.

Miss Selena

Assistant Teacher - PreK 4


Selena received her Associates Degree from Southern New Hampshire University. 


She has previous experience working with children while coaching basketball & volleyball.

Interesting Info:

Selena likes to volunteer her time at camps and reffing basketball games. 


Scribbles History:

Selena joined Scribbles in 2019

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