We call our preschoolers program the tortugas after the famous giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. Our program integrates all aspects of young children development. It uses research-based and validated strategies to enhance growth in academics as well as social-emotional, physical, and creative development.
Our curriculum emphasizes three components: active participatory learning, adult-child interaction, and the plan-do-review process. The curriculum integrates all aspects of young children's development.
Active Participatory Learning
Our educational approach is based on the belief that young children build or "construct" their knowledge of the world. They learn best from pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults.
Shared control is essential to how adults and children interact. The curriculum has many specific strategies for accomplishing this goal. Our classrooms have neither a directive nor an "anything goes" atmosphere. Instead, our curriculum promotes a supportive climate in which adults and children are partners throughout the day.
The longest segment of our daily routine involves a sequence of events called the plan-do-review process and involves planning time, work time, and recall (or review) time. Planning time entails meeting in small groups with an adult and the child decides what to do during work time and shares this plan with the adult. Work time is when children carry out their plans (alone or with others) and then clean up. At recall or review time, they meet once again with same adult and small group to discuss what they did and learned during work time.