Philosophy of Education
At Foundations ECE we believe children are unique, developing and learning at their own rate. Their development should not be rushed and is best supported in a nurturing environment where they feel secure to explore, create, and discover new concepts and ideas. We believe the environment is a third teacher working in unison with families and teachers to optimize learning and development. The focus of our teaching is on the process of learning with less attention to the traditional products of learning i.e. recitation of rote skills such as counting and the alphabet. While these are important skills for children to gain, and they will through the rich and varied experiences here at Foundations, there are other foundational skills that need to come first. Simply stated we believe children create and construct their own knowledge rather than just receiving it from adults.
Our teaching practices are influenced by the children, teachers, and schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Reggio Approach to early childhood education is not a curriculum or method, rather a set of ideal and beliefs regarding children and their development within their home, school, and larger community contexts. As a school we engage in regular conversations about a strong image of the child, which is central to all that we do in our work.
(Read more about our Philosophy of Education in the Parent Handbook, under the Family Forms link.)
A Shooting Light
PreK Class Story
At Foundations we do not follow a set, "canned" curriculum. Our curriculum is child centered and combines an emergent approach to learning with intentional teaching practices, inquiry based learning, in well planned environments to support the individual, age specific development of each age group. There is a strong social/emotional component as the children learn how to cooperate with one another, negotiate play, and work through conflicts with limited adult support. We believe children are competent, enthusiastic, and engaged learners who are partners in constructing authentic learning experiences in each of our classrooms. Most importantly, children learn through doing and we have created rich learning environments with quality materials and equipment for them to explore, create, and discover.
The teacher’s role is to carefully plan around the emerging skills and interests to incite, enhance, and expand the learning. Teachers are also responsible for modeling respectful interactions with children, other adults, and the physical environment. Our staff participate in regular professional development opportunities to enhance their knowledge of child development, the Reggio Approach, and educational planning for young children.
Learning doesn't start in preschool it begins with our youngest group of children by offering them a variety of sensory experiences and opportunities to explore new materials each day.