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Curriculum

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Here at Junior Einsteins, we use an integrated approach to learning which is aligned with current American research theories, standards and guidelines. We embrace different philosophies from theorists/researchers such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Kolb and Gardner in our daily teaching as well as the behavioral and social development of each child. We strive for a happy balance between child-directed and teacher-directed class time; where teachers act as facilitators catering to the students’ learning and curiosities as well as having students becoming creative builders and innovators of their own learning. Our play based, child centered curriculum nurtures the whole child and as a result supports the child’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth. We provide inclusive settings that recognize children’s varied abilities,interests, needs, and learning styles. The curriculum allows for a variety of learning styles and age appropriate materials. Our children are actively involved in the learning process. Through hands-on activities they explore and investigate the world around us. Engagement is encouraged by harnessing the pride and satisfaction children gain from self-chosen play and/or projects.

Approach:

In our lesson plans, we aim to cater to every child’s unique learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). Furthermore, we are strong believers of Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and embrace it in our lessons and themes. Gardner’s theory (a professor at Harvard)suggests that each child not only learns quite differently, but possesses varying amounts of strengths in the eight identified intelligences. For this reason, children are attracted to particular types of activities because they exhibit strength in a certain type of intelligence.

Linguistic: a sensitivity to the meaning and order of words. Teachers and writers possess this intelligence. Activities of enjoyment: likes to telling stories and playing word games. Linguistic learners are good speakers and writers.

Logical-mathematical: ability in mathematics and other complex logical systems. Mathematicians and scientists display this intelligence. Activities of enjoyment: Conducting experiments, finding patterns and playing games such as chess.

Musical: the ability to understand and create music. Musicians, composers and dancers show a heightened musical intelligence. Activities of enjoyment: Listening to music and poetry. Can memorize things through rhythm and rhyme.

Spatial: the ability to “think in pictures,” to perceive the visual world accurately, and recreate (or alter) it in the mind or on paper. Spatial intelligence is highly developed in artists, architects, designers and sculptors. Activities of enjoyment: Taking pictures, putting together difficult puzzles. Also working with clay and play dough.

Bodily-kinesthetic: the ability to use one’s body in a skilled way, for self-expression or toward a goal. Dancers, basketball players, and actors are among those who display bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. Activities of enjoyment: Role playing, and acting out stories. Playing games like Simon says and twister.

Interpersonal: an ability to perceive and understand other individuals: their moods, desires, and motivations. Political and religious leaders, skilled parents and teachers, and therapists display this intelligence. A child with this strength likes to design and complete projects while working cooperative with others. Has many friends and is a good leader.

Intrapersonal: an understanding of one’s own emotions. Some novelists and or counselors use their own experience to guide others. A child with this strength needs time alone to process and create. Enjoys making decisions and likes to create scrap books.

Naturalist: the ability to understand the natural world. A child with this strength likes to: care for animals and plants. Likes to use tools such as a magnifying glass or binoculars.