Curriculum & Assessment

Curriculum

In order to effectively plan curriculum, teachers spend time observing the children as they play

  • They notice
    • What roles the children explore in dramatic play.
    • What questions they ask while reading books.
    • What structures they build.
  • They allow children ample time to explore an activity of their choice.

Teachers use their observations to create a curriculum that is both appropriate for their classroom and exciting and accessible for the children.

A classroom’s curriculum may change daily or weekly

  • Changes are based on the children in the classroom and what they are currently exploring.
  • Classrooms and experiences are tailored to the specific interests of children in each classroom.

Our play-based learning experiences focus on process rather than product.

  • Children who learn through play are able to learn at their own pace.
  • Teachers provide support in order for the children to develop a lifetime love of learning.

An emergent curriculum allows children to develop skills while exploring subjects in which they are interested

  • We believe in educating the child as a whole.
  • We value all learning areas equally.
  • Children are given opportunities to grow in their social and emotional development as well as their cognitive and physical development.
  • Children in the preschool classrooms may explore teacher-directed activities more frequently in order to better prepare them for their future school experiences. However, the activities will continue to be based upon the interests of the children.

Group meetings happen daily

  • They provide opportunities to strengthen connections between children through activities and discussions.
  • Even young children have the opportunity to help each other solve problems, work collaboratively, and help to create a connected classroom.

The opportunity for learning is everywhere

  • Children learn during routines, outdoor play, or while outside the classroom.
  • Children take an active role in their daily activities, whether it is during diapering or while setting up tables for lunch.
  • Our goal as teachers is to create a learning-rich environment that is responsive and thoughtful.

Assessment

Your child’s activities and learning experiences will be documented on a regular basis by their classroom teachers.

  • Children’s activities and work are documented electronically and shared with families.
  • Documentation will also be displayed within the classrooms, which gives children the opportunity to see that their work and activities are valued and provides opportunities to look at and discuss the activities they have participated in within their classroom.

Formal assessments

  • Formal assessments will take place twice a year for all children.
  • Teachers curate portfolios using photographs and anecdotes gathered during the year.
  • Portfolios are shared with families once the assessment is complete, and conferences to review the information are scheduled at least twice a year.