At Palcare the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is negotiated between teachers and children. The children bring their spontaneous, day-to-day discoveries, interests and questions. Their teachers bring their knowledge of child development and their specific learning goals for the children. The curriculum plans EMERGE from both! The teachers harness the energy of the children’s natural curiosity by adopting the children’s ideas and planning activities based on them that incorporate as many learning goals as possible. This approach is a creative, rich process for both children and teachers. It has the added benefit of enhancing children’s self-esteem and self-confidence because they see themselves as the initiators!
Because of our approach we will be reporting to you on what we are or have been working on in the classroom, rather than on what we plan to do next month.