Welcome to Our Playful Learning Community!
We have brought together some of the best and most powerful parts of many different philosophies and approaches to early childhood education, creating our own vision of what we want our licensed-home preschool program to look like…
Waldorf - Imaginative play-time and storytelling. Having the same teacher for multiple years, fosters deeper learning, stability, and sense of security.
Maria Montessori - Open-ended materials to support children’s creativity and critical thinking. Freedom to explore, discover, and create within reasonable limits and healthy boundaries.
Reggio Emilia - Observing and Documenting play: photos, writings, scribbles, and drawings. These documentations and observations help teachers and parents “see” the learning, progress, and performance taking place in a child’s growth and development.
Here’s what you’ll find...
· Social/Emotional - We provide an environment where children can explore values and experience differences while bringing them together with similar interest. We teach empathy, patience, compassion, self regulation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and kindness.
· Gross motor - Balancing, running, jumping, digging, dumping.
· Fine motor - Drawing, writing, woodworking, scissors, bead work, lacing.
· Literacy - Reading and writing. Picture and story comprehension, or re-telling stories, predicting outcomes, story sequencing.
· Art - Play-dough, clay, paint, markers, crayons, finger painting.
· Math - Counting objects, sorting, matching, sequencing, measuring.
· Science - Investigating, predicting, measuring, cooking.
· Self-help - Putting on shoes, clearing the table, cleaning up, dressing, washing hands.
· Dramatic Play - Pretend, role playing, dress up.
· Sensory - Sand, water, finger paint, dried beans, rice, play-dough.
· Nature - Gardening, bird feeding, investigating bugs, finding worms for the garden, outdoor circle-time.
Our Philosophy on Mixed Age Classes:
At Redland Learning Center we have classes with students ages 3-5 years all working and playing together. We believe that young students learn best when they can learn from their own experiences, each other and their teachers!
What do mixed age groups bring to Redland Learning Center?
1. Interaction: The mixed age group environment creates an atmosphere where children learn to help and be helped by other children, because they interact consistently with children whose age and abilities are varied. Children gain an appreciation for their achievement and the accomplishments of others, and are naturally challenged by the achievements of others.
2. Learning from Each Other: Older children learn to be patient and tolerant, and serve as role models and teachers for the younger children. When an older child teaches a younger one, it reinforces previously learned concepts and is actually an aid in complete mastery of concepts. Younger children learn about courtesy, manners, and conflict resolution by watching the older children in the class.
3. Work at Child’s Own Pace: Because teachers do not have to set the instruction pace by a whole group, each child is given the ability to learn at his or her own pace.