Welcome to the Chickadee Classroom
Williston Enrichment Center utilizes emergent curriculum based on the interests of the children. We design activities, projects, and areas of exploration to meet the interests of the children while still delivering the concepts, skills, and developmental milestones that are appropriate for this age. The daily schedule is flexible and may change depending on season (if we are able to use outside time, etc) or the needs and interests of the children. Diaper changes, snacks, lunch, and naptime, however, are at set times for everyone.
7:30 – 9:00 Arrival, free play – Make sure to wash your child’s hands
9:00 – 9:30 Snack
9:30 – 10:00 Clean-up snack and diapers
10:00 - 11:15 Free play, outside play, intentional activities
11:15 – 11:45 Diapers
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 Nap
2:30 – 3:00 Quiet play and diapers
3:00 – 3:30 Snack
3:30 – 5:30 Free play, outside play (weather permitting), diapers
Our play-based, emergent curriculum is set up to promote all areas of development based on the age of the group and the individual needs of each child. Emergent curriculum is initiated by the child, and it is constantly developing. We teachers facilitate the child’s learning, and work to give children the opportunity to dig deeper and construct further knowledge.
Our center and our classroom practice the Reggio-Emilia philosophy of teaching. Reggio-Emilia is predicated on the idea that the environment and the community are the ‘Third Teacher.’ It also emphasizes art and nature in curriculum. Because of this influence in our curriculum, we work to set up an intentional classroom which promotes children’s play. We believe that learning is a life-long process. Reggio Emilia also places emphasis on genuine documentation.
We treat our playgrounds and surrounding outdoor areas as outdoor classrooms. We spend large portions of each day outside on our playground, exploring the woods, or at the park.
Our goal in the Chickadee room is to teach children how to learn and how to use their current skills as building blocks for future learning opportunities. We allow children to experience safe natural consequences and use life experiences as teaching moments. In the Chickadee room, we encourage children to develop a sense of independence, and offer them choices whenever possible.
We highly value emotional intelligence in our classroom and work to help children understand their emotions and their needs. At this developmental stage, children are developing their self-regulation and their impulse control. We provide opportunities for our students to develop these skills by engaging them in conversations, playing games, and allowing them to be the independent, confident learners that they are. We operate on the assumption that children are capable, creative, compassionate, and communicative. Following these assumptions, we engage them always with empathy and respect.