Our curriculum is designed to prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and best practices from around the country we have created an environment tailored to children's kindergarten preparation and developmental needs. You will see it in our;
•Emergent Curriculum: Topics for study are captured from the children, through community or family events as well as the known interests of the children (puddles, shadow, dinosaurs, etc). Projects are in-depth studies of concepts, ideas, and interests that arise within a group and may last one week or longer. •Environment: Attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom and is considered the “third teacher.” Space is carefully organize for small and large group projects and small intimate spaces for one, two or three children. Documentation of children’s work are displayed both at the children’s and adult eye level. •Assisting in the development of the Child: We view each child as a competent individual able to construct their own learning. Respect for the child is a reoccurring theme. Teachers are expected to listen, observe, interact and learn from children. •Multiple modes of expression: The integration of the graphic arts as a tool for cognitive, linguistic, and social development with multiple forms of representation – print, art, construction, drama, music, puppetry, and shadow play. •Emphasis on collaboration: Collaborative group work, both large and small, is considered valuable and necessary to advance cognitive development. Children are encouraged to dialogue, critique, compare, negotiate, hypothesize, and solve problems through group work.
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CHILDREN'S LEARNING COTTAGE
Mountain View, California
We take great pride in creating an environment that prepares your child for kindergarten and meets the cognitive, social/emotional, physical, language and individual needs of each child. Utilizing best practices inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach we make use of a developmentally appropriate curriculum taking into account children’s interest in all areas of their learning.