Curriculum

The Center implements a play-based, developmentally appropriate (age-appropriate, individually-appropriate, and socially/culturally appropriate) program that operates under a constructivist philosophy.

“Constructivist theory focuses on the mental processes children use in thinking and remembering.  . . .constructivism emphasizes the active roles of the learner, prior knowledge, social interactions, and authentic tasks in constructing understanding rather than imposing knowledge…. .”

(M.R. Jalongo & J. P. Isenberg, 2004; page 132)

Within the constructivist philosophy, we utilize the emergent and project approach curriculum frameworks.  In both frameworks, topics emerge from children’s natural curiosities and integrate program goals and content areas.

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