The Early Childhood Center’s curriculum is child-centered and focuses on age-appropriate learning activities that help develop important language, literacy and reasoning skills to prepare the child for more formal education in the primary grades. Children learn these skills in the context of activities, projects, lessons and play. In addition to a focus on pre-reading, pre-math, language and fine motor skills, great attention is given to creative expression, personal responsibility, self-health/safety and development of personal identity.
Themes are introduced using an integrated, creative approach to broaden children’s exposure to an understanding of the world. Children explore topics through language arts, dramatic play, social studies, math, science, music and art.
The classrooms are arranged by learning areas or centers: blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, language, math, science, art, sensory table, library, music center and writing. As necessary to meet learning goals, teachers use teacher-directed instruction with the whole group, a small group or an individual child. The daily schedule and routines include a balance of indoor and outdoor activity time.
To support all stages of a child’s development, a number of curriculum models are incorporated. Play is the work of the young child and is understood to be the primary means of learning. Our teachers prepare the environment and offer materials that encourage learning and exploration.The curriculum is integrated and experiential; it is based upon the children’s needs and interests. Children are encouraged to think, reason, question, develop ideas, experiment and problem solve, as well as make choices and display independence.