The focus is a program developed by my wife where we focus all the exercises on the development of the cognitive intelligence and social skills. We have classes with a program called Music Together, from Princeton University. And Jennifer developed a program called Play To Learn, Learn To Play,
Along the lines of cognitive development and play based learning are you or your wife familiar with the pedagogues of Reggio Emilia? It is an early childhood development approach of Reggio Emilia which started in Italy. I am only aware of a handful of early childhood development centers in the USA which use this play based approach and wondered if you had designed your center to incorporate similiar approach/features.
If your not familiar with Reggio Emilia then it might help to know this early childhood development approach encourages parental involvement and community support. It also views teachers as learners and incorporates the environment as a role in the learning process. It removes the heirarchy roles commonly found within education and encourages more collaborative planning among educational peers. Yet within it`s curriculum design the lessons engage the children to be creative and to actively participate in the projects. To some aspect the children`s engagement in the project will directly influence the depth and direction the project takes. Years ago I had an opportunity to observe a kindergarten teacher use the Reggio Emilia approach on a robot project. It was amazing to observe and to read the robot project anedotal notes. It was impressed when I saw how a robot project could be incorporated into early childhood education.
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