If you have been following our games, you may have noticed that some words are highlighted in different colours. The colours have a purpose– they represent the four pillars of the curriculum used at CEFA Early Learning schools. I founded CEFA Early Learning 25 years ago and it hasn’t stopped growing.

I designed the CEFA curriculum in 1993, and since then, I have been working on each of the disciplines, updating the content based on all the research I do and on observing the students at our schools. I love writing curriculum and games!

If you see a word in blue, you will know that it is teaching your child S.T.E.M. skills. This curriculum teaches your child the skills to think outside the box, innovate, problem-solve and think creatively, amongst other things.

A word in pink means the activity is contributing to your child’s literacy skills. This curriculum teaches your child the skills needed to read and write, acquire math language and a second language – this is often what you find in “traditional” schooling.

A word in orange means the activity is contributing to your child’s artistic skills. This curriculum teaches your child creativity and innovation through exploring the arts. Art is sometimes included in the S.T.E.M. curriculum – called S.T.E.A.M. because it also teaches your child to use creativity.

A word in green means the activity is teaching your child mindfulness, compassion, citizenship, contribution, and kindness. These are not typically topics included in a school curriculum, but I find they are essential in a curriculum. I believe this part of the curriculum fosters the skills needed to change the world, to make a difference, to be an amazing human being.

Every skill that your child learns through our games and activities is not purely one skill (for example – math). It’s several skills combined. One activity can teach art as well as S.T.E.M. as well as literacy, and citizenship, all in one activity.

It’s great when parents know what skills their child is learning. I enjoy sharing with you to give you an idea of how and what your child is learning. For a more in depth understanding, check out below!