About Us

Mission Statement

Early Explorers Preschool aims to offer a safe, secure and engaging environment at all times. Close personal attention, nurturing and trained staff, and a child driven environment will aid in creating a stimulating learning environment for children to thrive in.

School Philosophy

To provide a stimulating and enriching environment for young children to learn, grow, and explore while developing social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills. In our school, children learn about the world around them by “doing” with hands-on, meaningful experiences we call “explorations.”

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool

By Diane Trister Dodge

Early Explorers Preschool will follow The Creative Curriculum which uses developmental appropriate practices in all of its classrooms. Simply put, development appropriate practice means teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn. According to NAEYC, developmentally appropriate practice provides children with opportunities to learn and practice newly acquired skills. It offers challenges just beyond the level of their present mastery and it takes place “in the context of a community where children are safe and valued, where their physical needs are met, and where they feel psychologically secure” (Bredekamp & Copple 1997, pp. 14-15).

There are five major components to The Creative Curriculum Framework and they include how children develop and learn, the learning environment, what children learn, the teacher’s role and the family’s role.

How Children Develop and Learn: what preschool children are like in terms of their social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development, and the characteristics and experiences that make each child unique. The curriculum will present its goals and objectives on a developmental continuum, a tool for observing children’s developmental and tracking their progress in relation to Curriculum objectives.

The Learning Environment: the structure of the classroom that makes it possible for teacher to teach and children to learn. This included how teachers set up and maintain interest areas in the classroom, establish schedules and routines, organize choice times and small and large-group times, and create a classroom community in which children learn how to get along with other and solve problems peacefully.

What Children Learn: the body of knowledge included in national and state standards and research reports for six content areas-literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology- and the process skills children use to learn that content. This curriculum will help how children learn content and skills through daily experiences.

The Teacher’s Role: how careful observations of children lead to a variety of instructional strategies to guide children’s learning. The curriculum helps teachers interact with children in interest areas and during in-depth studies.

The Family’s Role: the benefits of developing a partnership with every family and working together to support children’s optimal development and learning. This last component includes getting to know families, welcoming them to communicating with them regularly, partnering on children’s learning, and responding to challenging situations.

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