In developing a curriculum model for the Fiji Kinde Project, it is essential to remember and integrate Fiji’s culture, environment, and daily life experiences.
The term curriculum model refers to an educational system that combines theory with practice. Curriculum models are central in Early Childhood programs because they determine the program content and help in training and implementing a high quality program that is well defined.There are several curriculum models that were used in developing the Fiji Kinde Project. Two main models that are in alignment with the goals of our project are the Creative Curriculum and the Theme Based Curriculum models.
Principles of the:

Creative Curriculum Model

  • Artist, Linda Lawler and founder, Ann Cooper wrote a children’s book “BULA FIJI”
  • Focuses on interest area centers in the classroom, i.e.; blocks, table toys, art, library comer, music and movement, etc.
  • Helps the teacher understand how to work with children at different developmental levels to promote learning.
  • Guides the teacher in adapting the environment to make it more challenging.
  • Includes a parent component. Training and learning resources are a part of the curriculum including incorporating an academic environment.

Theme Based Model

  • Incorporates a theme as an idea or topic. Teacher and children can explore in many different ways.
  • The theme is often based on the learner’s culture, environment or experiences.
  • The teacher can integrate literacy, social studies, math, music and art.
  • Themes should be custom designed to fit the total needs of the children and invite new learning skills.

In addition to the components of the curriculum models above, our program would have it’s foundation based on Biblical principles that include our goal of sharing God’s truth, love and grace.
It is important to note that because Fiji is a third world country, we believe it is vital to include hygiene education as a part of our curriculum. The curriculum model will include the daily morning routine of brushing teeth and educate the children of the importance of other simple acts of hygiene like washing hands to prevent the spread of germs and disease.