- ABOUT THE COMPASS SCHOOL
- CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
- CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL
Choose from two, three, or five day-a-week child care program offerings
Classroom spaces are designed for curious children who are on the move! A raised stage area provides an opportunity for dramatic play or a group story time. Snacks and meals are enjoyed family-style at tables, as teachers and children discuss accomplishments and plans for the day. Computers in each classroom are used for documentation, and promote comfort with technology at an early age. Blocks, tubes, and other interesting materials provide the resources for children to build, create, experiment, and learn.
The toddler is just learning to communicate verbally, and developing the ability to share feelings and negotiate with peers in a group setting. Teachers facilitate a classroom atmosphere where toddlers are treated as capable individuals, whose opinions, actions, and thoughts are respected and valued. Significant emphasis is placed on modeling appropriate language and behavior, to create a respectful environment where trust, self-esteem, autonomy, communication, and teamwork are represented.
The Reggio Emilia-Inspired philosophy is introduced, and early project work permits children to explore areas of interest. Teachers take physical and verbal cues from toddlers to develop “real world” projects, allowing children to investigate their surroundings in a meaningful way. Lesson plans create the framework for a broad curricular experience. Children are exposed to emergent literacy, music, art, dramatic play, sensory, motor-development, science, nature, and pre-math experiences on a regular basis through project work.
The learning exploration is shared as more of a process (exploration, experimentation, examination) than as a “finished product.” Portfolios for every child, journals, project boards and daily snapshots/ highlights tell the story of the learning journey for each child, and for the classroom as a whole.
“We would not take our child anywhere else.”
-Mary, Toddler & Preschool parent