PRE-SCHOOL (36 - 59 months or ages 3 & 4)
Brimming with Curiosity Our Reggio-influenced Pre-School program is based on emergent curriculum emphasizing child-initiated exploration that allows our children to set their own goals and choice of experience. The teacher participates with the child and facilitates the child-initiated learning, which stems from the interests and “discoveries” that occur. Another characteristic is the idea of the classroom environment as the “third teacher”, meaning our teachers take an active role in setting up and changing the surroundings to spark interest and discovery. In this setting, we emphasize the use of open-ended and often recyclable non-traditional materials. Our staff also look for every opportunity to create long-term projects that evolve, as these can be tremendous vehicles of learning. We also practice extensive documentation of children’s learning and interactions. In this way, we inspire children to develop their own theories, and we are able to document and communicate the successes and achievements that we observe. The success of our independent learning process for the child is demonstrated by an improved level of confidence and positive self image, as well as a comfort level to be him or herself within any group or life situation. These children grow to crave more and more independent learning. The inclusion and participation of the families of our children is the final pillar that underpins this process. We encourage engagement of the parents of all our children – as well as the broader community – and regularly invite them to visit the centre and participate in any appropriate project. Through sharing and communication, we find the most effective methods, content and values.
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