The teaching staff at Discovery Preschool are inspired by the work of many learning theorists (Vygotsky, Gardener, Bronfenbrenner to name a few) as well as educational models including the Reggio Emilia Approach. Children are seen as competent and deserving of directing their own learning. Children’s questions often form the basis of new learning – curriculum “emerges” from children’s interests and queries about the world around them. Teachers work with children as partners on the road to discovery.
The Vermont Agency of Education has identified 8 domains of learning to be addressed in preschool education. Their document – The Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) guides educators in creating curriculum, environments and learning opportunities that are developmentally appropriate as well cross-disciplinary. Children learn through rich self-directed and teacher guided activities that reach across the domains of learning. In this curriculum delivery model music is not only an opportunity for expression in the arts but also an opportunity to develop movement, language and social studies skills. Math can be expressed in art representations as well as support science discoveries. Learning about ourselves, each other and the world around us is enriched through art, music and movement experiences; stories and games; drawing and writing; speaking and listening to each other.