Duck’s Nest’s Emergent Curriculum allows a sufficient amount of curiosity and uncertainty which provokes children's creative thinking and problem-solving.
By exploring their interests through projects, children are allowed to take risks, explore, express and create meaningful connections about themselves and the world around them. Children are researchers who continually create theories about their world and investigate their hypotheses through play and social interaction.
At Duck's Nest we make the learning visible through the process of Documentation, which is a reflection of the interactions between teachers, children and parents. Documenting what the children are doing and learning through photographs, discussions and projects gives meaning and identity to all that the children do. Through Documentation teachers gain insight into the thoughts of the children, traces the history of their work and makes parents aware of their children’s experiences and their involvement.
We believe education is a collaborative process, between the child, teachers and parents. We create a curriculum through an open exchange of thoughts, ideas, and passions. Our school takes on the form of a community where each member contributes to the educational process and the natural development of the child. The relationships we build are essential to the children’s learning experiences. Parents are encouraged to become active contributors in their children’s activities, classroom, school and development.
Ducks Nest Preschool is a place where….
Children’s curiosity and creativity is honored and nurtured. Music, dance, art, drama, sculpture and movement are integrated into our daily experiences.
Children’s interests and passions inspire the teachers and guide the content of the curriculum.
Teachers create a curriculum that pays close attention to the many ways children learn. We honor the whole child by acknowledging the diverse abilities and talents that each child brings.
Our Emergent Curriculum approach embraces an organic learning process which puts the natural development of the child at the center of our philosophy.
Honoring and observing of the children’s play and interests. We explore these interests through a project-based approach.