OWLS CLASSROOM | [Ages 4.5 – 7]
The goal of our wholesome Owls Classroom is to prepare children for their Grade 1|2 experiences by tapping their natural curiosity, providing engaging learning opportunities and recognizing every child’s unique character and abilities. Our Class is set up as multi-age classroom, working directly with our Fine Arts + French Language Teacher.
Culinary, Gardening, Yoga Therapy + Meditation, French Language and Fine Arts Education is included in your child’s tuition. Children have the opportunity to explore our outdoor spaces and creek on every Friday [scheduled Hike] starting with the 2017-2018 school year.
Young children’s early school experiences have a great impact on their future learning and so our Reggio Emilia inspired environment is designed to help our children explore and integrate a variety of experiences.
Reggio-inspired schools are based on the learning theories of Vygotsky, Piaget and Dewey. Reggio educators believe that young children are capable of rigorous curriculum within a developmental framework that allows them to explore, test and question their world. Students are asked to hypothesize, test out and defend their ideas. They document learning using many different systems of artistic expression to both explain and investigate concepts. The student is encouraged to see him or herself as an important member of classroom and school community, making choices that will enhance the experience of all students.
Rooms and outside spaces are created to mimic home environments and natural spaces, and children learn to discover and respect their environments, and care for them. Outdoor and indoor spaces are rich in visual images and objects to provide provocations for inquiry and research. Children are encouraged to question, probe and engage their innate curiosity.
Documentation of student learning and making learning visible are important benchmarks of a Reggio-inspired program. Similar to the portfolio approach, documentation of children’s work in progress is viewed as an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers and parents. Pictures of children engaged in learning experiences, documentation of their words as they discuss what they are doing, feeling and thinking, and the children’s interpretation of experience through the visual media are displayed as a graphic presentation of the dynamics of learning.
Building a strong home-school connection is integral in our Reggio-inspired Owl classroom. Opportunities for children to extend their inquiry-based explorations to the home are provided. Parents have numerous opportunities throughout the school year to experience their children engaged in Reggio-inspired activities.
We include organic [or local, whenever possible] lunches and snacks and are able to accommodate most diet-plans and allergies.