Emergent Curriculum Approach
Emergent curriculum is a philosophy of teaching and way of planning a curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences. This philosophy prioritizes:
Our curriculum is child-initiated, collaborative, and responsive to the children’s needs. On a regular basis, teachers design interactions and activities to facilitate the growth of a child’s verbal, expressive, small and gross motor skills through active exploration and positive interactions with other children and adults.
SEEDLINGS & ACORNS
Our Seedlings (for children ages 2-3 who are not yet potty trained) & Acorns (for children ages 2-3 who ARE potty trained) classes are child initiated and teacher guided. Focus is on play which fosters cooperation, socialization, self-regulation and tactile experiences. Basic skills such as counting, colors, shapes and listening skills are naturally incorporated into the daily experiences. In the seedling classroom, there is also an emphasis on potty training. Nap/Rest time is incorporated into the Seedling and Acorn schedule for ¾ and Full Day students.
The Pinecones class is more structured as we prepare our older children for kindergarten. We have a stronger focus on pre-kindergarten skills such as number and letter recognition, basic writing skills, listening comprehension, problem solving, conflict resolution and continued independence skills.