Preschool: The Compass School’s Curriculum

The Compass School’s preschool program follows a Reggio-inspired, project-based approach to early childhood education. Teachers deliver what we describe as an “emergent curriculum,” that is predicated on the emerging interests, ideas, and questions of the children. Project work engages the student in the skills of discussion, decision-making, options and choices, cooperation, team work and evaluation during the course of the entire project. Projects can last days, weeks, or months based on the interest level and enthusiasm of the students. Each project and activity incorporates a wide range of educational experiences. Subjects like literacy, music, art, drama, math, nature and science are just some of many.

In addition to being deeply project-based, the Reggio-inspired philosophy supports a self-guided, child-centered learning approach. Teachers allow students to cultivate interests and learn skills based on where their emotions and imagination leads them. By carefully observing, the teacher develops meaningful activities, lessons and project work based on the student’s interests during explorative play. The approach is not unstructured, rather flexible in providing students with the opportunity to engage in what interests them, not what a textbook or lesson plan dictates. Each student sets his or her own pace of learning.

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Teachers play a unique role in The Compass School’s preschool curriculum. Our early education professionals are not only teachers, but partners, mentors and resources in your child’s capacity to learn. The intimate way in which teachers interact with each student helps them guide their learning experiences, and “co-construct” knowledge. Our teachers are passionate education professionals who truly enjoy providing a well-rounded educational experience for your child. The Compass School encourages anyone interested in our preschool program to take a tour of our dynamic, state-of-the-art facility, meet with staff and experience our programs in action!

Our preschool programs are offered two, three or five days a week with the option for full or half days. Each of our programs is subject to availability. To request more information, schedule a tour or complete an application, call The Compass School today.