"What children learn does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught, rather, it is in large part due to the children’s own doing, as a consequence of their activities and our resources." —Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children
We focus on an Emergent Curriculum with our educational Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy of learning and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
Our Reggio-inspired teachers' inquiry emerges from the children’s experience during their everyday opportunities to play, explore, think and wonder. Our curriculum is not "put away" after a topic is covered. It is explored through literacy, music, mathematics, art, nature, etc.
We believe that children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing.
We concentrate on student-centered activities that promote self-directed and experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.
Children grow socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop and express themselves in each of these domains. This holistic approach assures that we are not focusing too much in one developmental area while forgetting to include other areas that are equally important to the child.
As children in our care are observed, our professionals learn about their interests, their strengths, and where they need to grow and develop. Using these observations, our professionals can allow the curriculum to emerge and make needed changes to help the children grow and develop.
We strongly believe that children's development is not a race but rather a pathway to discovery. This type of learning is appropriate for all of our age groups, even the infants!