Curriculum
Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.
—Loris Maliguzzi, founder Reggio Emilia preschools
Project learning and emergent curriculum are interwoven to create a curriculum that values children’s ideas and promotes in-depth investigation of those ideas. It begins by listening to what children wonder about and continues as a creative collaboration between child and teacher. Teachers respond to children’s actions and thoughts to rouse further thought and deeper understanding of concepts. Projects emerge individually, in small groups, or with the entire class.

Children learn best through play and hands-on activities in which they are active participants. We approach learning in a spontaneous, playful manner. Children help us make labels for the store they have set up; they experiment with patterns and shapes at the art easel; they incorporate geometry and engineering as they build castles in the block corner. This all happens within the natural context of our day.

The outdoors is an extension of our classroom. Children explore the world and its natural phenomena in our spacious playground. Sand, mud, water, grass, logs, and stones are just a few of the natural materials that are accessible. Children develop large muscle skills as they whiz around on tricycles or scale the climber. In addition, classroom materials are often brought outside to be explored in new and different ways.

The arts are a vital aspect of our curriculum. Music and art are woven into our day as children are immersed in an art-rich environment. Children have daily music with our trained music teacher, working in small groups, individually, or with whole classrooms. They work on pitch, tone, rhythm, and most importantly, experience the joy of music. Our art studio is available daily for all children to explore. The primary goal of the art room is for children to recognize what it means to have an idea and put it in motion. The art room is a haven for their creative risks and whimsy.

Daily Morning-Only Schedule for Academic-Year & Summer:
8:15 drop-off available
9:00 to 1:00

Early morning:
    Children begin their day with playtime and open art studio. Free choice from a variety of activities such as blocks, kitchen, dramatic play, legos, animals, manipulatives, cars/trains, water tables, painting, drawing, collaging, woodworking, and so much more is available.

Mid-morning:
    Classrooms come together for group meetings and storytime. We also enjoy a mid-morning snack. Sometimes small groups will come together to work on projects. Music with Marit takes place throughout the morning with small groups or the whole class. Music experiences work on pitch, tone, rhythm, and most importantly experiencing the joy of music.

Late morning:
    We head outdoors to play. Children enjoy the play structure as well as the sandbox, mud kitchen, tricycles, scooters, and garden. We often bring classroom and art materials outside as well.

End of the day:
    We end the day with lunch brought from home. After lunch, the whole school meets for storytelling in the art room.



Daily Afternoon-Only Schedule (beginning Fall 2017):
12:30 to 3:30

Arrival:
    We begin our day with music with Lauren. Lauren combines music and movement, using materials that are popular with children such as the parachute, balls, bells, ribbon sticks, scarves, and more.

Early afternoon:
    We have playtime and open art studio. Children choose from a variety of activities such as blocks, kitchen, dramatic play, legos, animals, manipulatives, cars/trains, water tables, painting, drawing, collaging, woodworking, and so much more.
Mid-afternoon:
    We come together for group meetings and storytime. We also enjoy a mid-afternoon snack. Sometimes small groups will come together to work on projects. We will then head outdoors to play. Children enjoy the play structure as well as the sandbox, mud kitchen, tricycles, scooters, and garden. We often bring classroom and art materials outside as well.

End of the day:
    We end our day as a group with a last story and/or discussions about our day.



Daily Full-Day Schedule:
8:15 drop-off available
9:00 to 3:30

Early morning:
    Children begin their day with playtime and open art studio. Free choice from a variety of activities such as blocks, kitchen, dramatic play, legos, animals, manipulatives, cars/trains, water tables, painting, drawing, collaging, woodworking, and so much more is available.

Mid-morning:
    Classrooms come together for group meetings and storytime. We also enjoy a mid-morning snack. Sometimes small groups will come together to work on projects. Music with Marit takes place throughout the morning with small groups or the whole class. Music experiences work on pitch, tone, rhythm, and most importantly experiencing the joy of music.

Late morning:
    We head outdoors to play. Children enjoy the play structure as well as the sandbox, mud kitchen, tricycles, scooters, and garden. We often bring classroom and art materials outside as well.

Mid-day:
    We eat lunch brought from home. After lunch, the whole school meets for storytelling in the art room.

Rest time:
    We start the afternoon with quiet time consisting of napping, resting, or engaging in quiet restful activities. The level of rest needed is child-specific. We take individual children’s needs into consideration.

Early afternoon:
    After rest time, we have playtime, open art studio, and music. This is a time for children to continue to work on projects or play schemes started in the morning. It gives them the opportunity to dig a little deeper. Music with Lauren will be offered. This will be quite different from music offered in the morning. Lauren will combine music with movement using the parachute, balls, bells, ribbon sticks, scarves, and more.

Mid-afternoon:
    We come together for group meetings and storytime. We also enjoy a mid-afternoon snack. We will then head outdoors.

End of the day:
    We end our day as a group with a last story and/or discussions about our day.