The Thematic Approach
We use a thematic approach to lessons, allowing more personal discovery. We can incorporate science while learning about our bodies or sea creatures during open play in a Montessori-like environment. Social Sciences are learned as we discover more about our communities and other countries around the world. Incorporating themes into our curriculum allows for a more rounded out learning and growth. Every week is a new opportunity to learn about a new and exciting topic relating to our world.
Physical activity is a very important part of learning. It strenghtens our muscles, boosts our moods, and allows us to discover. We can learn to love the outdoors and our environment. We learn cooperative play, sharing and waiting for our turn. Seasons can amaze and thrill us. We can reflect and enjoy the world around us.
Sample Lesson Plan
Young children have limited attention. Our day is structured to give ample learning opportunities while keeping them engaged. We start our day with Open Learning--children get to choose what they want to play. We move on to calandering, letters, and counting. Afterwards, it is recess time, a favorite. Storytime comes next. The books we choose relate to the theme for the week. We then have a snack. Our last activity of the day includes a paper and/or art project.
Discovering Their World