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Social & Emotional Growth
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, in order 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 facilitates curiosity, investigation, and discovery for each child. Teachers take physical and verbal cues from toddlers in order to develop “real world” projects, allowing children to explore their surroundings in a meaningful way. Keen observation of the toddler’s responses is important so that teachers can flexibly reorganize the curriculum to promote the interests of the children. Forecasts (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. Educational experiences are designed to be age-appropriate and personally challenging, and the learning process is more valued than the finished product.
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 learning exploration is shared as more of a process (exploration, experimentation, examination) than as a “finished product.” At The Compass School, we recognize that outstanding communication is an essential part of a high-quality school experience for any parent. Portfolios for every child, journals, project boards and daily highlights tell the story of the learning journey for each child, as well as for the classroom as a whole.
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