Meadow Park is working to build a (Reggio) Emilia inspired preschool for your child.
Here is what you need to know about Reggio:
· Reggio is a long-standing practice out of Italy that is used world-wide.
· Reggio places a strong emphasis on engaging children in extended, in-depth investigations. Topics are based on the children's interests and experiences.
· Children represent their thoughts, feelings and observations with artwork and other forms of visual arts since they are not yet reading and writing.
· The teacher's role becomes that of observer, documenter, facilitator, and co-learner. The relationship between adults and children is very involved as they work side-by-side. Children work hard and sense that their work is valued and important.
· Reggio is very developmentally appropriate and maintains the children's love of learning. It shows them that they are infinitely capable while teaching them to brainstorm, plan, develop and adjust their ideas.
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When your child asks….. "Why is there a moon?" Don't reply with a scientific answer. Ask them, "What do you think?" They will understand that you are telling them, "You have your own mind and your own interpretation and your ideas are important to me." Then you and your child can look for the answers, sharing the wonder, curiosity, pain – everything. It is not the answers that are important, it is the process – which you and your child search together.
Our Curriculum Framework
We use the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence as a framework, which provides a solid, coherent foundation for later learning in kindergarten and beyond. This Preschool Sequence guides our teaching staff in the planning of experiences and activities by offering a progression of skills in the following areas:
· PHYSICAL WELL-BEING AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT (Movement and Coordination)
· SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Autonomy & Social Skills)
· APPROACHES TO LEARNING (Work Habits)
· LANGUAGE (Oral Language; Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Finger plays and Songs; Storybook Reading and Storytelling; Emerging Literacy Skills in Reading and Writing)
· KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (Mathematical Reasoning; Orientation Time/Space; Scientific Reasoning/Physical World; Music/Visual Arts)
Our Assessment Strategies
We use the Work Sampling System which is used to document and assess children’s skills, knowledge, behavior, and accomplishments across a wide variety of curriculum areas on multiple occasions in order to enhance teaching and learning. Work Sampling calls for ongoing assessment that is summarized three times per year. By reflecting classroom goals and objectives, it helps teachers monitor children’s continuous progress.
· In order to ensure that parents are involved with their child’s progress at the center, conferences are offered twice per year.
· A fall conference is offered so parents have an opportunity to provide the teacher with any information that is important in the care of their child, and/or discuss with the teacher any issues or concerns they may have about the child’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.
· A second conference is scheduled for early spring. At this time, the teacher will discuss progress the child has made in his/her development during the year.
· Conferences are not limited to these designated times.
· If at any time the parent or teacher feels there is a concern, a conference will be scheduled.