We practice Emergent Curriculum at Maple Leaf Children's Center. Emergent Curriculum arises naturally from adult-child interactions and situations that allow for "teachable moments." It connects learning experience and prior learning. It includes all interests of children and responds to their interests rather than focusing on a narrow, individual, or calendar driven topic. It is process driven rather than product driven. The curriculum is typically implemented after an idea or interest area emerges from the group of children.
Toddler Program (Sprouts are 17 months - 36 months)
Maple Leaf offers a Toddler Program that encourages movement. The toddler classroom is equipped with a variety of gross motor activities that the children can roll around on, climb on, jump on, and more. We make sure to furnish the classroom with age appropriate toys and books. Our goal is to always set up a successful environment - to minimize the "no", "don't", and "stop" messages. The toddlers may navigate freely from center to center in their classroom.
Preschool Program (Saplings are 3 years - 5 years)
Maple Leaf offers a Preschool Program that encourages exploration. The preschool classroom is equipped with multiple centers to choose from, as well as soft areas and quiet areas to retreat to. We make sure to furnish the classroom with a diverse collection of toys and books - keeping boredom at bay. Maple Leaf practices Emergent Curriculum, so the children really get a sense of having ownership over what they learn. We encourage children to become engaged and to pursue one center at a time in their classroom.