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YCP 18 months-3.5 year olds
Sky 3-4 year olds
Lokahi 4-6 year olds
Instead of teaching the same set curriculum every year, The Early School has an “emergent curriculum,” in which each classroom team develops its own learning activities based on their knowledge of early childhood development and a careful observation of their small group’s personalities, play, actions, and curiosities. One classroom group might study the butterfly life cycle, through caterpillar races, poems, new vocabulary, scientific observation, and their own caterpillars to raise. Other groups might have a treasure hunt around the playground, complete with a child-created map, or a build a spaceship and model planets to learn about our solar system, color, and relative size. Topics tend to take on a life of their own, guided and shaped by teachers to reach learning goals. Emergent curricula allow the teachers’ and students’ individual strengths and interests to shine. They have been shown to engage children’s own intrinsic motivation and readiness, enhance social development, and to produce self-directed, self-confident learners who feel that their voice matters.
Learning Through Play
When a child builds with blocks, she is exploring balance and geometry. When a child collects rocks, shells, leaves, or bugs, he learns to observe, count, compare and contrast. A child who masters the monkeybars after weeks of practice has just learned about persistence, endurance, and self-direction. And when a child disagrees with a friend and learns to fix it, he has acquired a level of emotional intelligence that even some adults find hard to reach. Whether they become doctors, scientists, parents, artists or entrepreneurs, these are habits of mind that will serve our students anywhere, and early childhood is the time to build them. The creation of ample opportunities to reach educational goals through exploration and play is a widely recognized best practice for early childhood education. At TES, children learn through play naturally, with teachers on hand to observe, encourage, and facilitate.
A Hands-On, Symbol-Rich Environment
At TES, you will find no worksheets. Children experience pre-academic and academic subjects through the world of their classrooms and outdoor spaces, a purposefully symbol-rich and sensory environment that includes blocks, fine motor manipulatives, dramatic play, books, art, music, creative movement, cooking, gardening, science and outdoor play. TES children build a foundation of literacy through daily conversations and activities with teachers and peers; sharing books; singing songs and learning poems aloud; and writing and reading grocery lists, stories, and notes to friends or family. They build a foundation of numeracy, geometry and measurement by counting their own steps, cooking, drawing and painting shapes, gardening, and keeping track of the calendar days at circle time or the number of mornings a butterfly has been inside its chrysalis.