Our Curriculum

Our philosophy is centered around Developmentally Appropriate Practices and an attempt to be Reggio Inspired. Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and skills in all developmental areas and establish a foundation for lifelong learning. The curriculum and instruction is age-appropriate, integrated, hands-on, and responsive to individual differences in ability and interests.

We believe that education is a process, brought on by the child’s interaction with their immediate world. It is through playing in this world that each child is encouraged and stimulated to explore, to experiment and to discover, using their own unique learning style and interests. We use an emergent curriculum that builds upon the interests of the children. Teachers document children’s work, validating the children’s abilities and enabling ongoing assessment. This approach helps children to develop curiosity, creativity, differing modes of communication, concentration, listening, negotiation and observation skills.

Reggio inspired philosophy beautifully expounds on the important elements that we feel are essential:

  • the role of the environment-as-teacher,
  • children’s multiple symbolic languages,
  • documentation as assessment and advocacy,
  • the teacher as researcher,
  • home-school relationships.

Preschool, Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten
The project approach, modeled after the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, is a renowned educational approach based on children’s learning through play, art, music, technology, parent participation and modern day documentation and research. It is through play that young children construct their early knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills that enable them to become independent, socially responsible and intellectually competent individuals. Using an emergent curriculum that builds upon the the interests of children, teachers facilitate children’s learning, encouraging them to take an active part in constructing their ideas and knowledge. It is our philosophy that the critical thinking skills gained through play, constructing, imagining, experimenting and dialoguing with others prepare children for a life long love of learning

Our focus is on the following skills when we are planning, interacting and guiding young children…

Language Arts: Reading Readiness: matching and differentiating, sequence of events, phonetics, picture clues, comprehension and word families. Writing: recording individual story dictation, printing when a child is ready. Talking: vocabulary, telling a story. Listening: sound discrimination, comprehension
Mathematics: Comparing, grouping, counting, recognizing sets and value quantities, measuring, sorting, classifying, shapes, graphs.
Science: Experimenting and observing, plant care, interacting with nature. Encouraging observational studies with love for questions.
Current Events: Daily calendar, daily news, where appropriate.
Music and Dance: Creative movement, instruments, multicultural music.                                                                                                                                                                    Physical Activity: Climbing, swinging, balancing, throwing and catching ball, jumping, riding, running, sliding, skipping, riding bikes, pedaling and navigating our hilly playground.
Block Building: Imaginative creations, concepts of balance and size, organization of design.
Dramatic Play: Role playing, interacting with Housekeeping materials.
Self Help: Hand washing, toileting skills, dressing self, safety procedures, healthy eating, manners, clean-up & responsibility for classroom.
Sensorial Play:Playing with Play dough, Clay, Floam, Water, crushed walnuts, pebbles, sand and other materials is a important aspect of learning at this age.
Social Skills: Recognizing and verbalizing feelings, conflict resolution skills, problem solving, empathy, cause and effect.

Our goal is to help each child to develop their critical thinking skills, while becoming as independent and successful as possible.