Our play-based and emergent curriculum builds on children’s experiences, passions, and curiosities. Teachers learn about children through ongoing observations and conversations with children and families. Using this knowledge, teachers create open-ended provocations using various materials, interactions and experiences. As children engage in exploration and inquiry through play, children develop critical and creative thinking, oral language, literacy, mathematical, social-emotional, and gross/fine motor skills. Throughout the year, teachers and children work together to document and share their learning, work, and new questions that can expand ongoing projects.
Our curriculum is also guided by our commitments to culturally sustaining pedagogies and anti-bias/anti-racist (ABAR) education. Throughout the curriculum we integrate and nurture children’s multicultural and multilingual backgrounds and family practices. This not only conveys to children that their identities and heritages are important and valued, but also helps all children develop a richer understanding of our diverse world and a deeper appreciation of multiple cultures and languages. Using an ABAR framework, our curriculum also aims to provide opportunities for children to develop 1) a comfort and appreciation for human diversity; 2) the language and skills to communicate about difference; and 3) further their abilities to inquire into issues of fairness and justice.