Happy Friday, and welcome to February! This month we’re going to highlight some of the amazing stories that come out of our centres every day! But before we go on a couple field trips, we want to talk a bit about why we at Today’s Family do what we do.
All of our programs, from our Before-and-After School Care, to our Early Learning and Child Care Centres, to our Day Camps, are built around Creative Play and the Emergent Curriculum. If both of these terms sound a bit familiar, it’s because we’ve blogged about them a couple times before, but here’s a quick refresher:
The best word to describe a child’s brain is “sponge.” Not just because of all the holes and wrinkles on both of them, but because children’s brains naturally soak up information like a sponge soaks up water. Children learn in so many different ways, and only a few of those ways are covered in school. The Emergent Curriculum helps to fill in the gaps. It’s sort of a “teaching without teaching” thing – at Today’s Family, we teach through play, through science experiments, building projects, and other activities that get our children up and moving around.
The cool thing about the Emergent Curriculum is that it is built around what your children are interested in. Every centre is different, and teaches different things. One of our centres ran activities about space after one of our teachers noticed a group of children looking at the moon. Another centre used the game Minecraft to teach about different kinds of buildings! Children had to make blueprints on graph paper before they were allowed to play the game.
There are four things that are critical to how we believe Early Childhood Learning works: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression. The Emergent Curriculum focuses on those last two. We engage children by teaching what they are interested in, and we work on expression by focusing on activities that involve feedback or discussion, like the blueprints above, or getting children to talk about what they are doing.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at the Emergent Curriculum in action, as we visit some of our different programs. It’s clear to see that we’re pretty darn proud of our Emergent Curriculum. It’s one of the many things that makes Today’s Family, well, us!
Don’t forget: you can reach out to us on Twitter (@TodaysFamilyOnt) or on Facebook (Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care). We’d love to hear about your Today’s Family experiences!
Until next time,
– Today’s Family