Our programming is “theme-based,” meaning that the curriculum is organized around a consistent and annual theme schedule. Each week there is a theme, and each classroom plans their weekly activities to coincide with the spirit of the theme. The weekly theme is also related to an overarching monthly theme. We think students learn better when they are engaged in a subject, they find interesting.
Our 20 years in early childhood education has taught us that using themes as an attention grabber is a great way to engaged children of all ages. Theme-based learning ensures that new subjects are placed within a larger context. Children begin to see relationships and connections across time, place, and learning disciplines.
Both research and experience has taught us that children learn best through play. Our curriculum is play-based, meaning that all learning is done in the context of play. Teachers infuse play into all subject matter and encourage children to explore their interests. Play can be both staff initiated or child-initiated, and each are used on a daily basis in our programming. Sensory, outdoor, science, mathematics, dramatic, art, and free play are just a few of the many types of play children are involved in on a daily basis.
Parents are invited to be involved as much as they can in our center’s programming. We see ourselves as partners with parents in ensuring personalized quality child care. Assessments, development goals, and learning portfolios are shared with parents at bi-annual conferences. Real-time communication is utilized via the HiMama application to ensure parents are up-to-date on all things related to their child’s development and daily routine.
We believe a teacher’s role is to create an environment conducive to learning and play. The Educator exists to set clear limits for safely, but to also to encourage child exploration, experiential learning, the taking of risks, and to tend to the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of the child.