Sparked by Curiosity. Shaped by Choice.
Country Village Preschool appreciates that every child is unique; that every child learns in his or her own special way; and that every child learns according to his or her own special pace. Although children tend to achieve certain developmental milestones in a somewhat predictable sequence throughout their lives, it’s each child’s unique set of everyday experiences and interactions that shapes the journey, and we, as educators, accept that learning is influenced by an individual’s personality, abilities, and opportunities.
Understanding this, we encourage our students to become part of the learning process through active learning, whereby a child’s individual choice becomes one of the driving forces behind the day’s routine. Choice is everywhere. It can be in the form of an infant choosing the smooth surface over the textured. A toddler choosing quiet time to flip through the pages of a book. Or a 4-year old pursuing his newfound passion for building towers. Being able to make these kinds of choices in a safe, material-rich environment – all with the support of teachers who have been trained in child-centered guidance – is the essence of active learning, and the foundation for all our programs.
We use choice to identify and build on each child’s natural curiosity; match that curiosity to his or her current and emerging abilities; and then allow for creativity, exploration, and variation rather than demanding that the child perform tasks in a single “right way” on command and in repetition. In this regard, we see the emergence of activities that are both child initiated and developmentally appropriate: activities in which children and teachers seem to share responsibility for learning, hand-in-hand. Our teachers take on the role of valued companions or guides who thoughtfully provide materials, plan activities, and talk with children in ways that support and extend learning by first validating what children already know and then challenging them to extend their thinking to the next level.
Infant & Toddler
Infants and toddlers are active learners from birth and engage with our teachers through warm, nurturing, supportive interactions…
As our infants and toddlers grow into confident preschoolers, the HighScope Curriculum evolves to meet their new and changing needs…
Outside of the normal school day, Country Village Preschool also offers before and after care services for local elementary students…