We utilize the project approach and have an emergent curriculum. This means that teachers will plan environment, activities and lesson plans out of what emerges in the classroom. The first month of school is spent playing and getting to know the class. Very quickly, teachers pick up interests of children. In the past we have studied bugs, animals, construction, shelter, squirrels and families. Each class does not study the same thing as student interests vary.
Because of our unique teaching approach we write daily diaries of what was done each day in the classroom. These hang in the hallway for families to see and often contain photographs. When a project begins you will see documentation in the hallways in classroom. This may include photographs, student conversations, charts and surveys. When we execute a project the focus is put on the process rather than an end product.
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