Putting Theory into Practice
How students experience our theory and philosophy
Teachers prepare the environment so children can learn through active involvement with various materials, other students, and teachers. Numerous learning centers, both inside and outside the classrooms, are available on a daily basis, for children to engage in: blocks, hammer and nails, various art centers (e.g., painting, clay, collage), music/dancing/instruments center, dress up, dramatic play, gross motor equipment, animals to hold and care for as well as observe (besides the many insects and tiny critters in our flower garden), library/book corner, book making/writing center, table/carpet toys and manipulatives, outside play equipment, and sand & water play.
These non-teacher directed learning centers are designed to be creative, open-ended, process oriented experiences which span the ages, allowing each child to pursue self-directed activities which are appropriate to his/her development. Depending on the goals and needs of the activity or children, teachers observe and move among groups and individuals to validate and facilitate children's involvement.
The Atrium: Mixed age learning centers,
where children are challenged to develop their ideas and grow their creativity.