"The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences."
Children are viewed as competent, valued, and capable learners. I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach in which the view we have of the child is present in all we do as educators. These views can be seen in the way we present materials, the way we maintain spaces, our relationship between child, family, and educator and each choice springs from a different understanding of the child's place in the classroom and the educators role.
We have recently relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba
Daily experiences will be derived from children's interests and will be implemented through invitations to play or provocations, as well as with interest based materials throughout the play space. Please see the Parent Handbook for more information.
Children learn through meaningful experiences that engage all senses. The program provides daily experiences for the children to learn through exploring paint, sand, water, puddles, mud, snow, clay, foam, goop, ect. The benefits of messy play are exceptional for a child's growth and will enhance their self-esteem, self-expression, social confidence, investigation skills, pre-math concepts, and physical development of both fine and gross motor.
GROSS MOTOR PLAY
Both indoor and outdoor gross motor activities will be planned daily. A large fenced in backyard with outdoor equipment and outside toys is readily available, as well as a community park nearby. When weather doesn't permit, there is a variety of indoor activities available such as tunnels, music and dancing, and movement games.
I believe in positive child guidance and instilling an environment that generates self-esteem and understanding of individual needs. Some techniques that I use are redirection, "I" messages, and problem solving to aid children with difficult situations.
Every child learns and develops in their own way and at their own pace. To check in every now and then I will use a simple developmental screening checklist to see where each child is at and how I can best support their individual needs. The Nipissing District Developmental Screen Checklist is easy and a great tool for us to start a conversation about your child's development. If any questions, concerns, or inquiries arise about your child's development, individual family meetings can be arranged to discuss further.
A sense of community is important to develop in children, and field trips on a regular basis will allow for the connection to build between the children and their community.