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© 2016 by Gale River Cooperative Preschool

Image of the Child

Children are viewed as competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. Teachers see each child's potential and construct activities and an environment to foster exploration.

 

The Environment

Teachers thoughtfully organize classroom environments to support the needs and interests of the children.  The environment changes as teachers observe interests and needs shifting. 

 

Documentation and Observation

Teachers track the developmental progress and growth of children through observation and documentation. Documentation often comes in the form of photos, videos and written observations. Teachers come together to discuss observations, goals and concerns. Teachers share information with parents through regular emails, texts, photos and narrative progress reports (twice per year).

 

Emergent Curriculum

Emergent Curriculum is a classroom style in which teachers to observe and make connections with the children in order to develop a curriculum driven the interests of the children. Teachers plan activities, offer materials, introduce concepts and create an environment to encourage deeper exploration. 

 

The Role of the Teacher

Teachers at GRCP work hard to create an environment to nurture the transition and development of children and their families.We strive to create a warm and welcoming environment in which children feel safe and respected. Through the relationships with students, teachers are able to facilitate and support (whole child) learning.​

 

The Role of Families

Families are an essential component of the school. Families serve as parent helpers, board members and volunteers, partnering with teachers to support the growth and development of their children.

 

Projects

Projects provide children the opportunity to explore their interests in depth. Children practice fine motor skills, critical thinking, early literacy, early numeracy, language and planning skills through their projects. 

 

Outdoor Play

Daily outdoor play is critical to the development of children. At GRCP we go outside everyday for an extended period of time. Our outdoor time includes time in mud, water, forest, farm, trails, fields and on the playground. Each week we adventure into the greater farm area to explore the fields and forest on foot, cross country skis and snowshoes. 

Conflict Resolution

Conflict is a crucial, valuable, and important part of children’s playing. At GRCP, we want to build an environment where your child can explore their interests, ideas, power and relationships on their own time.In times of conflict, we will model empathy and provide comfort. We recognize undesirable behaviors such as hitting, as a developmentally appropriate action for young children not yet equipped with the tools and experience to handle conflict.We strongly believe conflict is best handled “in the moment” because this is when children are most emotionally and intellectually able to see and understand a difficult situation. We do not provide parents with a report of conflict situations at the end of the school day, and we respectfully request that you respond to reports of conflict with simple statements of sympathy and empathy and without punishment or rewards.     

As children grow their social relationships become increasingly complex.At GRCP we value real relationships and give children the opportunity to explore social relationships in a developmentally appropriate way. We allow children the time and the space to work through their conflicts without teacher intervention as often as possible.