"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
The curriculum of Early Explorer center has been developed to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and creative needs of the young children and families we serve. The classroom environment encourages the development of trust and independence by helping children gain a positive self-concept and ability to relate well with others.
Our background in early childhood has shown us that young children learn best through play, and that play is an essential part of childhood. For these reasons, our curriculum is play-focused to give children the freedom to try out new ideas, practice developing skills, and imitate adult roles. In doing so, we support the development of social skills, friendship, and knowledge about our world and cultures. Children can develop readiness skills and form concepts through play, and gain a sense of mastery through their activities. Our center promotes the development of the whole child through play. The activities we use in the center reflect our commitment to provide a developmentally appropriate experience for all children.
We believe that children learn through active hands on involvement with materials, equipment, and activities. During active play, a child’s mind, body, and emotions develop, and true learning takes place. We encourage children to be independent in basic care routines because these routines can provide as much opportunity for meaningful learning to occur as experiences planned in the interest areas of the classroom. Our goal is to provide a stimulating, sensitive environment that supports the child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.
Children learn how to form positive, caring, cooperative relationships by interacting with children and adults. Through these interactions, children learn to get along with others. When a child experiences success in play and is encouraged to make choices, communicate thoughts and feelings in a positive way, and accept responsibility for actions, the child learns social skills that will last a lifetime. Early childhood play experiences effect learning and personal growth throughout life. Our objective is to assist families in the task of providing a strong foundation for their child’s future development.