Our Owls children come to school filled with questions, theories and curiosity. As their concentration expands and interests are widening, they are ready to tackle a full curriculum of learning activities balanced with artistic expression, scientific exploration and lots of physical activity. Free play is still of utmost importance at this age and often questions from learning centers are re-visited during that important time. Core academics are focused on in more depth and children work on language development, reading and writing, mathematical concepts as well as the visual and performing arts.
Our Curriculum is a GUIDE, it is not written in stone. It is a theme-based framework with suggested activities. Not all activities in a day or week will be implemented because while we have a curriculum framework, we also support an emergent curriculum. What does that mean? Imagine if our theme of the month was "Things that Grow" and our weekly theme was "Growing in the Garden" and we were planting some vegetables together and a child noticed a spider... they were scared at first but then we all started to examine the spider. One child suggested we get magnifying glasses, so that child went and got some and shared them with their friends. We all started examining the spider, and the educator started to ask questions such as "How many legs can we see?" "I wonder how it eats?"..... The children followed the spider to its web and discovered a fly in it. This led to a discussion about what spiders eat, how do they spin a spider web? The children started to pretend that some are spiders and some are flies, we decided we needed to make a giant web out of string to catch our food. Everybody engineered the web together, figured out the best materials, questioned how will the fly stick to it?...We discarded what was written in the curriculum for that day because we embraced the children's interests, and wove our learning into it.
So there you have it, an example of a child-centered, emergent curriculum in action! Early learning is not a linear process. We take the time to LISTEN to the children, EXPAND on their natural interests and INTRODUCE concepts and opportunities to learn in a meaningful way.
We use the award-winning Jolly Phonics Program to help children learn to read.
Sample weekly curriculum GUIDE