Children’s Day Nursery and Family Center develops
curriculum activities based on routinely conducted
observations of children’s “play”.
Young children learn best through play. Observing
children at play enables teachers to create interactive
“playing and learning” areas that reflect the individual and
group interests of the children in their class. Toddlers and
preschool aged children need daily opportunities to engage
in hands-on activities that encourage them to: explore the
properties of materials and objects, manipulate them, test
for cause and effect, develop language about them, and learn
how to apply what they already know to new situations.
Frequent opportunities to re-visit these activities
gradually evolve into personal, trial and error frameworks
within which children discover what their own particular
interests are. Skilled teachers tap into these observed
interests. Teachers challenge and support children’s efforts
to apply prior knowledge (what they already know) in order
to scaffold learning and expand skill bases.
An Active Learning Approach
model’s focus is on how the child manipulates materials and
how he uses them to express his ideas. The focus is not on
the finished project. Process
rather than Product
drives the curriculum. Children’s
Day Nursery and Family Center blends the
High Scope Approach and the
Authentic Theme (Project Approach)
models in our 3-4 year old classrooms.
Teachers in the 2 1/2 – 3 year old class use the
Creative Curriculum for Toddlers
as their education model. This curriculum, which focuses on
social/emotional concepts, is very compatible with and
easily transitions to High Scope
in the older Abbott Preschool
Children who age out of our programs leave our Center with
the self-confidence and readiness skills that will inspire
them to be academic risk takers, creative thinkers, problem
solvers, and leaders.