As children progress through our program, we understand they will mature at an individual pace but through a predictable sequence of stages. In their earliest years, they benefit from concrete, hands-on play that stimulates all their senses, and curricula that fosters growth in all domains of learning. Socially, they are beginning to notice other children and include them in their play. Emotionally, they are starting to distinguish and name their feelings, control their impulses, and use language to express their needs. Intellectually, they are acquiring language, developing their attention span, and solving increasingly complex problems. Physically they are gaining strength, dexterity, and agility. As they move through our program, we tailor our curriculum and expectations to accommodate the changes in their development. We know that when we create the “just right” challenge for each child, he or she builds true self-esteem derived through real accomplishment.
Teachers present diverse and relevant themes to the children throughout the school year. These themes vary depending on the age and interests of the group and may include subject matter inspired by nature, social and literary interests. Along with the themes teachers present, curriculum emerges from the questions and topics that arise in the children’s play and exploration. Teachers note children’s interests and create meaningful learning by planning activities that allow full and rich exploration of their ideas. Teachers enhance each activity through conversation and open-ended questions. They share in the children’s inquiry and model a joy for learning that’s contagious.