Our school intertwines the EYFS curriculum with the Reggio Emilia Philosophy.
This approach places a strong emphasis on Project-based emergent learning that continually draws back upon the children, community, families and background as frame. Much of the educational instructions takes place in the form of small or large group projects where the children have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, wonder, question, and discuss about their investigations and discoveries.
Our curriculum and projects we will work on with the children will emerge from the children’s interests, our community needs, and our observations. Our curriculum is project-based, it begins from questions and curiosities, that we will progressively unfold while researching about specific topics with the children.
Every project will involve several dimensions and disciplines...
Relational: children should work together, by questioning and challenging each other and sharing process of cooperation and collaboration. “Brain storming” is essential at every stage. Emotional: there is no learning without emotional involvement and motivation.
Perceptive and Physical: perception gives shape to our thoughts. All the senses are involved in our projects. In addition to that, the environment will enhance the children immersion in a well aesthetic space, where the sense of care and the beauty will define the quality of the environment.
Cognitive: learning process is valued and observed over product- oriented results.
Free movements and sensory activities
Children are given plenty of opportunities to play with different materials able to offer diversified experiences to stimulate both fine and gross motor skills. Students are introduced to different activities and materials rotated based on the children’s observed interests providing variety, sustaining engagement and curiosity. Activities like using pencils, scissors, sculpting clay, building construction with different materials, doing up buttons, pretend play and outdoor play (and more) are all considered able to stimulate both fine and gross motor skills.
Child- sized play furniture and props represent what children experience in everyday life. Teachers pretend with children in play (talk to child on toy telephone, talk to baby doll, etc.) Pretend play with real and /or pretend objects such as pots and pans, phones. Students are exposed to dolls representing different races/cultures. Pretend Play fosters a child’s language, reading, emotional and writing development, understanding of social roles and helps children to cope with specific situation that may have been represented emotional challenges to them.
Rhythm and movement experiences are brilliant neurological exercises vital to intellectual development. By combining the rhythmic movements and dances with with speech and song, children are being given the opportunity to further develop their minds, particularly in the areas of speech and impulse control which contribute to language development, self-management and social
Awareness and Mindfullness
We nurture our children in a holistic way. We value emotional development just as much as literacy and math. We consider that a certain level of awareness and mindfullness it is essential in order to develop the quintessence of humanity. Throughout the day, our educators will make sure to help the children develop a positive sense of themselves and others, develop respectful relationship and sustain positive interactions, learn to intake responsibilities, improve their social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, understand appropriate behavior in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities through discussions and role plays.
This is a fun and interesting activity for the children, to encourage them to explore and investigate. Babies and toddlers learn about the world through their senses. Sensory play involves hands on activities that stimulate sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell using simple materials. These open-ended play opportunities allow their imagination and learning to flourish.
When kids make art, it promotes creativity, which is extremely important for a child’s development. Artmaking at a young age has many benefits to children’s physical, emotional and mental well being. They are exposed to art materials such as paint and paint brushes, crayons, paper, chalk and clay. We explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art activities.
Literacy begins from storytelling and books. Our reading area select specific books based on topics and titles that are relevant for our children’s group and appropriate to their age. Books stimulate the children’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It supports the development of language and listening skills and put the foundation for a relationship and bond within children and adults and within the children’s group.
The Arts and The Hundred Languages
Based on the idea of the multiple intelligences, we believe that children can express themselves not only with a language but 100. Sculpting, painting, dance, building, writing, pretend play and arts in general are a way to express themselves and their own potential. Artistic expression promotes creativity, which is extremely important for a child’s development. The children of Aerokids are exposed to art materials such as paint and paint brushes, crayons, paper, chalk and clay. We explore and investigate with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art activities.
Musical instruments, and genres of music are introduced to children from the very beginning. Children are exposed to various types of music linked to their cultures and the culture of our territory. Children are encouraged to express themselves through music, rhythm and songs. We consider music itself as able to offer infinite learning opportunities and skills, between those: math, rhythm, language, communication and expression, logical creation of patterns, early numeracy, fine motor skills, emotional development.
Toddlers and Pre-schoolers have so much to learn about the world around them. Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling – their five senses are in overdrive all the time as they take it all in.
One fun way to get a little child to focus on their sense of touch for learning is through the use of a mystery box. A simple box that is presented using real objects depending on that day’s topic or theme. This activity enhances a child’s language as well as their senses.
Discovery and Investigations
Discovery moments encourage an active learning and thinking approach through which the children will construct meaning from experience about the social and physical world that surrounds them. It is demonstrated by observing, exploring, experimenting, and classifying. Their developing theories are applied and modified by expressing their ideas in a variety of medium through play and performing basic life skills.
Atelier of taste
Cooking experience covers important aspect of development that affect the way children learn about food and tools in the kitchen. It offers opportunities for children to make observations, ask questions, compare and experience basic cooking. By looking at, counting and talking about the food, they will become aware of the wide variety of food provided. Activities such as dough making, as well as making fruit salad and biscuits will give children the opportunity to describe materials to talk about similarities, differences and changes.
Literacy / Phonics
The early years are critical for language development and right-brain development. The building blocks for early reading will be set in place through story time and flashcards. The children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.
Math provides vital life skills. It gives them opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, space and measures. Math play is evident in pretend play, block play, literacy play, outdoor play and science play.
Physical activity and fitness is an essential part of the total development of the children. It involves activities that have specific learning objective, a particular content or a selected instructional strategy lead by the teacher. This develops flexibility, strength, balance and coordination through varied physical activities.
Outdoor play is a vital part of the child’s overall development and learning. Promoting outdoor play allows them to connect with nature, get fresh air and explore their environment more. It stimulates children’s senses through running, jumping, digging, dumping sand, climbing, throwing, skipping and more.
Project activity time is an avenue to deepen the knowledge of the students about a topic of investigation. The children will research topics of interests, finding joy of learning. This will support their ability to make associations and lateral thinking skills in real life situations and problems.