The Reggio-Emilia Approach to early childhood education believes young children are individuals who are curious about their world and have the powerful potential to learn from all that surrounds them.
There are several key concepts to the Reggio-Emilia Approach:
-Children are capable to construct their own learning. They are inspired by their own interest to explore and learn more.
-Children gain a better understanding of themselves and their place in their world through interactions with others.
-Children are communicators. We encourage our children to use language to investigate experiences, and explore their surroundings.
-The learning environment as the third teacher. This encourages collaboration, communication, and exploration within every classroom.
-The adult is the mentor and guide. Our role as adults to the children is to observe our children, listen to their questions and their stories. Learn what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further.
-An emphasis on documenting children's thoughts. We believe in making the children thoughts visible through different ways such as: photographs, transcripts of children’s thoughts and explanations, visual representations, all designed to show the child’s learning process.
-The concept of the hundred languages founded by Loris Malaguzzi explains that children are natural communicators and should be encouraged to communicate in many ways. Such as words, drawings, movement, building and more.
We believe there’s more to learning than memorization, At Lil Explorers School we believe children learn through non-traditional means. We believe in hands on, nature based sensory activities - that help our children learn and grow.
Like our lovely students, our staff is constantly learning more and more about the Reggio-Emilia Approach and Conscious Discipline.
We have learned a lot from founder of Conscious Discipline, Becky Bailey. She provides ideas, and neat tricks to help better understand these approaches as well as teachings you can use with your children at home.
Monday's our lovely teacher, Ms. Mia comes to sing songs and dance with us. We also get to practice using different kinds of instruments such as drums, guitars, xylophones and many more!
On Tuesday's we start our morning off in drama with Mrs. Cassandra! We get to use our imagination telling stories, pretend play, and puppets!
On Wednesday, our sweet teacher Ms. Lola teaches us all about Spanish. We believe it is important to understand definitions and terms of another language to better help us in our futures!
Thursdays, our lil explorers tend to our school garden! With the help from our garden teacher Ms. Beth, we have many things growing like carrots, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes etc.
On Fridays, we have yoga class! Ms. Colleen teaches our explorers fun stretching activities, and breathing techniques!
We currently have 10 hens, fish, and a puppy on our campus. We believe that our children learn important life lessons such as caring for others, and responsibility while watching their friends grow!
Soccer Shots is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active. Practices held on campus.
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WEBBY Dance Company is a creative movement, dance, gymnastics, cheer and yoga. That provides children the opportunity to build self-confidence, creativity, and coordination.
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Every week a TOT instructor will teach your child athletics, academics, and agility. The classes are focused around improving your child’s physical and mental growth through movement and music. TOT uses the perfect mixture of physical movement, hand eye coordination, and brain use to maximize the growth of your preschooler.
Our background in education and a curriculum grounded in early childhood education theory means Bricks Bots Beakers classes for preschoolers get kids truly thinking and problem solving. Preschoolers brainstorm, create, test, and redesign age appropriate projects. BEAKERS classes take natural scientists (aka preschool children) and introduces them to: science vocabulary, developing hypotheses, making predictions, recording results and drawing conclusions.