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.
Early Preschool Classroom (24 months - 36 months)
Maple Leaf offers an Early Preschool Program that encourages learning through play and experiences. The classroom allows children to explore and master skills that are appropriate for their age. With an intention of positivity and success, the environment is designed to minimize the "no", "don't", and "stop" messages. This leads children to develop ownership of their classroom and learning.
Preschool Program (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.