Dall'Inizio DaySchool utilizes the Emergent Curriculum in the classrooms. The Emergent Curriculum is a project-based curriculum that focuses on being responsive to each child's needs and developmental level. Lesson plans are developed to support the children's interests and integrate the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
Our educational goals for children include becoming socially and emotionally intelligent, academically prepared for the primary school setting, and successfully joining the classroom community.
The Reggio Emilia Approach:
The Reggio Emilia approach is used throughout the world, but originates in Reggio Emilia, Italy. It is an education of relationships that first began as an early childhood educational approach constructed after World War II. It is fluid rather than a packaged program, allowing us to continually refine our practices and adapt in meaningful ways to our community. The core of the approach is a collection of principles, which guides educators and families. Reggio inspired educational settings may vary in appearance, systems, leadership and approaches to meeting American standards.
The Reggio Emilia principles that guide our work include the following:
• The image of the child or the belief that our children are capable.
• Relationships or the understanding that a child’s education requires connections among the environment, families, teachers, and the larger community.
• The role of parents is believed to be a critical component of educating all children within the school.
• The environment and space supports interactions, meaningful projects and learning.
• Teachers and children partner to construct learning experiences.
• Not a pre-set curriculum but a process of inviting and sustaining learning.
• Documentation or the use of artifacts to provoke, assess and celebrate learning.
• The many languages of children or the use of materials (e.g. paint, etc.) to communicate thinking and learning.
• Projects or meaningful contexts for learning connects academic subject areas and social/emotional development opportunities.
We discover child growth and progress through observations in the classroom and the use of assessment tools. Observations and assessments help us understand each child’s unique learning process and show us how to challenge and stimulate a child’s learning. Our teachers will record a minimum of 1 observation per child weekly.
The teachers at Dall’Inizio DaySchool will complete an age appropriate Ages and Stages Screening tool within 45 days of enrollment based on their initial observations in the classroom. These results will be recorded and shared with families and placed within the child’s file.
The teaching staff will also utilize the Ounce Scale (Birth – 3 Years) and the Work Sampling (3-5 Years) screening tools every October, February, and May. These assessment tools look at growth and development and help to drive the curriculum in collaboration with the teacher’s observations. Results will be recorded and shared with families prior to being filed within each child’s file.
“The Emergence of Emergent Curriculum” http://www.naeyc.org/yc/files/yc/file/201203/Heritage_v67n2_0312.pdf
North America Reggio Emilia Alliance:
“The Reggio Emilia Approach”