Curriculum

How does learning happen?

 
 
 
"Based on documented observations of all the children,
introduction of activities will not only be based on the  children's interests, but also to enhance and promote specific  skill sets with their interests in mind."
What is Emergent Curriculum?
Emergent curriculum allows planning for learning based on connecting children's interests, interactions and experiences.
 
Children's external experiences and their prior knowledge base enhances their learning. The Centre staff will be responsible for introducing learning concepts based on the children's interests and not pre-plan on what they believe the children will want to learn.
 
Emphasis will be on a process-driven curriculum and will not revolve around product-driven programming. Facilitating process-driven concepts will allow all children to be engaged and responsive in the learning process, as it will have personal meaning and appeal.
 
Based on documented observations of all the children, introduction of activities will not only be based on the children's interests, but will aim to enhance and promote specific skill sets with their interests in mind.
 
To promote learning and development in all areas, we use the Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT)  document, which serves as a guide to support curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario's early childhood settings, including child care centres. The ELECT document will give families a clear understanding of the learning objective/outcome of the listed activities and experiences in each area of learning.
Areas of Learning
The process of learning happens in each area of the playroom.
Language & Listening
Creative/Art Experiences
Music & Movement
Whether enjoying bias-free books on a variety of topics, writing comic strips, singing songs at circle or recognizing words in different languages, literacy learning happens in all areas of the classroom.
 
Language and literacy-based activities increase vocabulary, promote the understanding of punctuation and sentence structure and phonological awareness throughout the day.
Whether a child uses scissors, paint brushes, or carving tools, fine motor skills such as dexterity and wrist rotation are all enhanced.
 
Creative experiences expand a child's mind and promote the development of self-identity and self-expression as each child finds a way to include personal touches in their art pieces.
Music from around the world in combination with musical accessories offers children a chance to move as their body allows, gives children the opportunity to express movement in their individual and unique style, all while improving auditory skills and learning about the beauty of their peers' cultures.
Cognitive Experiences
Math Concepts
Blocks & Construction
When children engage in cooperative games, they refine their skills in turn taking, cooperation, and team building while understanding rules of games, improving memories and logical sequences.
Without even knowing it is happening, children, enhance math skills and further develop math concepts when they participate in measuring distances for car tracks with a tape measure, as they tally all the popsicle sticks used to make a suspension bridge and when they describe weight and density of 3-dimensional, papier-mâché robots.
Block and construction experiences allow children to use and understand spatial concepts, learn about size, length and shapes.
 
It supports problem-solving skills and encourages creativity when working with a variety of building materials.
Nature & Science Exploration
Dramatic Play
Sensory Experiences
Dramatic play assists in the development of co-operation, positive interactions among peers, expressing and communicating clearly, and the practice of role-playing.
 
An assortment of prop kits (such as veterinary clinic, art gallery, bakery, grocery store, to name a few) are available and allow childrens' imaginations to run freely as they engage in activities every day.
Sensory experiences offer children the chance to dip fingers in bins of seaweed, smell cinnamon in play dough, listen and observe the foam forming and expanding in handmade volcanoes, all while learning about cause and effect relationships, measurements and even how to make nutritious snacks.
 
Self-regulation development and emotional awareness come into play while children familiarize themselves with their senses.
Nature and science exploration is not only about laboratory concoctions, but also about gathering data, analyzing material with tools and asking open-ended questions.
 
The world of animals, plants, the environment, are just some topics of discussion that entice children to engage in exploring the human body, geography, astronomy, biology, chemistry, electricity and yes, even geology!
Outdoor Gross Motor Play
Outdoor experiences increase a child's heart rate, promote muscle development, improve eye and hand coordination and refine balancing skills.  While enjoying organized group games or during self-discovery on a daily basis, children are sure to reap the benefits of the great outdoors .