The curriculum at Fremont Parents’ Nursery School emphasizes the development of the whole child by offering activities that promote a child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical well-being. It is based upon the guidelines for developmental practices established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and theorists such as Maria Montessori, Eric Erikson, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and others.
Our professional and caring teachers intentionally arrange the daily environment with a rich array of materials and respond to, and expand upon the children’s own specific interests and needs. The teachers carefully support the children’s learning by providing information and social language to augment a child’s own knowledge.
A primary goal is that children become actively engaged thinkers as opposed to passive rote learners.
Our hands-on learning, and age appropriate academics, foster children’s innate curiosity and creativity, enables them to gain skills and confidence in problem solving, and self regulatory skills, and builds subsequent readiness that will ensure a smooth transition to elementary school.
Through various mediums, children are able to creatively express themselves and gain emotional satisfaction,without any adult expectations of a specific end result or product. Children develop their self-concept, small motor skills and spacial concepts through art exploration, which contribute towards academic success.
Through cooking experiences, children have the opportunity to experience and taste a variety of different foods, and develop an awareness of their senses. They also gain skills using a variety of different tools and equipment which improves their small motor coordination.
Through creative play, children can construct the world as they see it, try on new roles, and/or work through experiences that are troublesome or confusing. Domestic play, make -believe, dress-up, block building, and playing games encourage children’s social skills, thought process and development of language.
Movement and Music
Through dancing and other movement related activities, children learn about their own bodies and relation in space, and strengthen sensory motor integration. Music is the universal language of all cultures, and is utilized to support activities that promote balance, coordination and rhythms through dancing or listening and movement activities. Singing and musical instruments offer pure enjoyment and help strengthen pre-academic skills.
The library center is a relaxing area that allow children to explore our vast selection of books for pleasure and to develop personal reading interests. Stories are read to children during circle time by our teachers, and snack time is often accompanied by stories read by participating parents. We also foster children’s emerging ability to create their own stories, and provide the written words to comprise their own books. Children are encouraged to borrow books from our large collection to nurture a lifetime love of reading. Parents can select from various topics to enhance their parenting skills.
Through various manipulatives, such as blocks and puzzles,children have the opportunity to learn about classifying objects, sorting, problem solving, predicting,and analysing results. Hand eye coordination and fine motor skills are strengthened and large motor coordination is enhanced.
Our spacious, park-like setting, allows children the ability to experience the natural world as an extension of our indoor environment. Children benefit from spending large blocks of time in the outdoors, and their development is optimized through child-initiated activities, with teacher support. In the outdoors, children use bikes,and climbing equipment to learn how to use their body effectively and to experience the satisfaction of learning a new skill. Sand and water and the ability to creatively use ‘loose parts’,foster self expression and sensory pleasure by working with different mediums. Recent findings in brain development additionally show a direct correlation between what a child does physically and in future academic abilities such as reading, writing, mathematics and creativity.
Through first hand exploration with man-made and natural objects inside and outside our classroom, children expand their knowledge of the world around them. They learn to compare, contrast, classify and to use these objects creatively in their play and through arts and crafts.