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"What are the common preschool classroom curriculums I should be familiar with?
As we began to mention last week, curriculum, if possible, should be an important part of the preschool decision. As with many aspects of life, it is best to look for a preschool that is somewhere in the “middle” – meaning somewhere in between no structure and rigorous structure. Below we have listed some of the most common forms of preschool education and a bit of detail on each.
The Montessori curriculum is an inquiry-based system that offers children a great deal of independence and hands-on learning using “self-correcting” Montessori materials. There is a strong emphasis on building practical, independent living skills (e.g., tying shoes, preparing their own meals), as well as early academic concepts (e.g., learning about size using graduated counting bars).
The Waldorf curriculum, based on the belief that “the head, heart, and hands” are key when planning for young children, emphasizes the importance of learning through play, using materials that come from natural/organic sources (e.g., toys made of wood, cotton, and wool), and encouraging exploration of life and nature.
High/Scope (Cognitively Oriented Model)
The High/Scope curriculum stresses active learning via different activity centers that are organized in the classroom. Children are encouraged to consider in advance what they will be doing each day, to make independent choices of what they would like to do, and to develop a “plan” for their own activities and engagement."
There you have it parents. Now go off and do the right program for your kids!
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