Our creative curriculum is based on topics that reflect our children's interests, determined by discussions with the class and their families, and areas that may fascinate the children. Teachers use their observations to decide which projects are best suited to the interests of the class. Our activities are multi-skilled. A project approach is a means of teaching through meaningful dialogue, literature, and activities. Children participate in in-depth studies of ideas, interests, and concepts.
Small groups make each experience unique and personal. For instance, a cooking project would mean using skill areas such as: math (measuring), fine motor skills (stirring), language (talking about recipe), social skills (sharing, taking turns, using manners), and of course science (how heat changes ingredients). Teachers stand by as advisors to the group, helping them decide what directions they should take in the projects that they have selected. We also use open-ended activities to encourage participation from all the children. We adhere to a child-directed, developmental curriculum. The emphasis of all our activities is to encourage experimentation and curiosity. We believe in experiences that stimulate all the senses.
In the course of each week we are proud to employ several visiting teachers to offer the children opportunities to take part in special lessons. These may include Dance, Music, Art, and Karate. In 2010 we will introduce the Chinese language to our students.