Sequoia’s Treehouse Preschool uses child-centered Emergent Curriculum and Reggio Emilia as a basis for Learning Through Play.
Learning Through Play: Through play children develop social and cognitive skills, are able to mature emotionally, develop problem-solving skills, and gain the self-confidence to try new experiences and environments. Children’s play can be divided into the following:
Active play Running, jumping, climbing, riding, and use of large muscles.
Quiet play Reading, beading, coloring or activities that involve only one.
Cooperative play Games and activities that involve more than one.
Manipulative play Puzzles, blocks, cutting and pasting, or activities that involve activities in which one expresses them self creatively.
Creative play Painting, problem solving, dance, music, storytelling, or pretending.
Dramatic play Dress-up, playing house, or any activity that involves eye-hand coordination or fine motor muscles.
Emergent Curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest. Child-initiated projects and exploration of topics suggested by students may last a day, month or all year.
Reggio Emilia is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. Reggio Emilia schools emphasize creativity and artistic representation. www.reggioalliance.org
Small class sizes along with our self-motivated early learning environment provides a loving, nurturing atmosphere. Working in partnership with parents, we focus on the whole child and strive to engender a genuine love of learning in everyone.
We Document and Evaluate the children’s work by discerning how and what the children are learning by observing them in the context of their play and our typical daily routines. We record and synthesize our observations through the use of Work Sampling System developmental checklists. The children’s work is documented in individual portfolios that are continually updated and accessible to the children and their parents at all times. The portfolios help the children to revisit and reflect on their work, another important element of the Reggio approach.