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Program Philosophy & Goals
The Child Study Center provides young children an opportunity to learn through developmentally appropriate experiences, based on current knowledge of child growth and development. The program respects individual differences, emphasizes social skills and emotional health, and promotes self-expression through various activities. Time spent at the Child Study Center will encourage the development of high self-esteem and a sense of achievement.
- To provide for physical development through planning activities, both indoors and outdoors. To help the children develop coordination and an awareness of space, as well as building muscle strength and agility.
- To provide for intellectual growth by introducing new ideas and child-directed learning.
- To provide time for children to learn a system of order than encourages cooperation. A schedule provides uninterrupted time, set limits, and gives children freedom to explore.
- To encourage children to express ideas through language and symbolic play using a wide variety of materials.
- To help children cope with fears constructively, and to feel secure in relationships with the other children and adults.
We use a Project Approach to teaching and learning. This approach capitalizes on experiences of the children; it provides a learning environment where children learn through investigation, observation and discussion. A project to us is defined as an in-depth investigation of a real world topic worthy of children's attention and effort. The study may be carried out by a class or by small groups of children, and projects can be undertaken with children of any age. They do not usually constitute the whole educational program. The children will play and explore as well as engage in projects.
The Project Approach refers to a set of teaching strategies which enable teachers to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The Project Approach is not unstructured. There is a complex but flexible framework with features that characterize the teaching-learning interaction. When teachers implement the Project Approach successfully, children can be highly motivated, feel actively involved in their own learning, and produce work of a high quality. Projects enrich young children's dramatic play, construction, painting and drawing by relating these activities to life outside school.