Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood curriculum is culturally-rich and values-based. This stimulating and developmentally appropriate curriculum includes:
Important developmental goals during these formative years include the ability to:
- Concentrate and focus
- Order one’s thought processes
- Coordinate large and small muscles
- Develop independence and initiative in learning
As children get older and move into the elementary years, the establishment of these skills lays the foundation for more complex learning processes. Children in the Early Childhood Program are encouraged to become independent learners in a highly structured but beautiful environment, where “freedom within limits” is the philosophy of engagement. Children are encouraged to have hands-on experiences, to move about freely within the classroom, to choose from any area of the curriculum that interests them, and to spend extended periods of time working in their areas of interest.
The mixed-age grouping of the Early Childhood Program enables children to develop exceptional social skills including leadership, empathy, conflict-resolution and manners.
“There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important part of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when a man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.”
— Maria Montessori