Sunday, August 19, 2012

Emergent Curriculum

In the early years of childhood play is the most important task children engage in. Through play they construct their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Because we believe that the best learning opportunities are those that arise naturally, we will be using an emergent (child lead) curriculum rather than a traditional (adult lead) schedule. We will of course have some scheduled activities each day (like lunch time, nap time, story time) but much of the day will be shaped by the moods and interests of the kids. They will learn much more readily if we follow their cues so that we will be doing art when they feel inspired to create, playing outside when they feel energetic, and looking at books when they are feeling observant. We believe the kids will get a lot more out of the activities this way. And, by not constricting ourselves with a schedule we will be able to take projects to a level we couldn't reach if we tried to plan it all out ahead of time.
We engage in a variety of activities each day at Jane's House such as playing with toys, reading books, outdoor play, gardening, games, neighborhood walks, dress up, baking, arts and crafts, singing, make-believe, puzzles, reading more books, and so on. We will also go on regular field trips to fun places like the park, the library, the zoo, and more.
To keep you informed and up to date we will send home a chart with each child every day. On your child’s chart we will record feeding/sleeping/changing times as well as notes about your child’s activities and moods over the course of the day. This way, even if we don't have time to chat when you pick your child up, you will still know how their day went.

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