Developmentally Appropriate Learning
Developmentally appropriate practice is carefully planned, intentional teaching based on what is known about the developmental stages and ages of the children we teach. The goal is to bring children to their full potential — cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Brain Based Learning
Brain-based learning refers to teaching methods, lesson designs, and school programs that are based on the latest scientific research about how the brain learns, including such factors as cognitive development—how students learn differently as they age, grow, and mature socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
Bloom's taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The three lists cover the learning objectives in cognitive, affective and sensory domains. The cognitive domain list has been the primary focus of most traditional education and is frequently used to structure curriculum learning objectives, assessments and activities.
Integrated – Interdisciplinary & Theme Based Curriculum
We integrate abilities like reading, math, music, movement, and interpersonal relations into our theme based curriculum. This helps to build neural connections between the different centres in the brain responsible for holistic development. The themes are carefully selected to ensure that learning is relative, long term and incidental.
The Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory proposes that there are other measures of intelligence beside these two. I offer this information to you so that you can understand that while many teachers have some knowledge of MI theory, most of our schools are not fully set up to use it to the advantage of all students.
Learning Styles – Tapping into our senses
We take in information about our world through our senses – visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and taste. We use senses to make connections between what we know and don’t know. Over time we develop certain preferences or perceptual modality strengths.
The perspectives of philosophers and educators who have influenced early childhood education are an integral part of our curriculum
They help focus on explaining how children develop and transform over the course of childhood.
Center on holistic development including from birth and into early adulthood.
Form personal values / beliefs about learning and understand strategies for promoting children’s development.