Our indoor and outdoor classrooms are full of light, spacious, safe, and interesting to children. Our environment welcomes children, engages them in a variety of activities, provides space for individual, small-group, and large-group activities, and supports the program’s philosophy and goals.
We strive to create the optimal conditions for children to learn. From the smallest details, such as ensuring a media-free preschool and allowing children to connect with nature daily, to ensuring hands-on learning, our practice is rooted in what we value as fundamental rights of children to the best early education possible.
Our classrooms are divided into learning spaces that focus on specific areas of early education. We have a woodworking bench, playdough table, sand table, listening center with headphones, block area, writing center, art areas, dramatic play, and library areas. Math, science, engineering, and literacy materials are distributed throughout the classrooms.
Environment as the Third Teacher – Reggio Emilia Approach
One of the key principles of the Reggio Emilia approach is that parents and the adults in a school are a child’s first and second teachers. The environment is the third teacher.
Our preschool environment is carefully constructed to encourage learning and curiosity. There is an emphasis on natural light, authentic materials, order, beauty and purpose. Everything in our classrooms is placed here for a reason.
Shells, rocks, magnifying glasses, clay, sculpting tools, blocks and writing materials are readily available to our young students.
Adults in the classroom use a variety of documentation and display methods (photos, drawings and text) to make the children’s thought processes visible throughout a project.