Welcome to the Tiger Classroom
Our curriculum is taught around a play-based philosophy, integrated with themes. The themes are created by the children using the Reggio-Emilia approach with emergent curriculum. By finding the interests of the children and basing curriculum around those areas of interest, the teachers create an environment where children are intrinsically motivated to learn.
(subject to change or modification based on children's interests, weather, and other factors)
Opening – 9:30 Exploration, Open play, stories
9:30 – 10:00 Snack
10:00 – 10:15 Morning Meeting
10:15 – 11:15 Free play extension of curriculum thread
11:15 – 12:15 Outside play/Gross motor activities
12:15 – 12:30 Clean up
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Transition to nap
1:15 – 2:45 Nap/rest time followed by quiet play
2:45 – 3:30 Wake up, open play
3:30 – 3:45 Snack
3:45– 5:30 Free play
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. Teachers facilitate the child’s learning, and they work to give children the opportunity to dig deeper and construct further knowledge.
Our center, as well as our classroom, practices the Reggio-Emilia philosophy of teaching. Reggio-Emilia is a teaching philosophy out of Reggio, Italy and emphasizes the child as an active participant in their learning. This philosophy stresses the importance of a rich learning environment and emphasizes nature and art in the curriculum.
We as teachers work to create intentional classroom experiences that promote children’s play.
Learning is a life-long process. Using documentation and observation, we can emphasize and build upon the meaningful experiences in the classroom. We scaffold activities to promote learning within the social context.
We treat our playgrounds and surrounding outdoor areas as outdoor classrooms. We spend large portions of each day outside on the playgrounds, the woods, and the park engaging in the natural world. Nature provides children with many learning opportunities that we cannot replicate indoors. We use our outdoor spaces in many types of weather.
We foster independence and encourage children to problem solve and work through challenging situations together.
We encourage children to “check-in” on hurt or sad peers. When “checking in” children approach their classmate and ask if they are okay and offer ways to help. We help the children work through interactions with others that are challenging for them.
We operate on the assumption that children are capable, creative, compassionate and communicative. Following these assumptions, we engage them with empathy and respect.