Activities in the Progressive classroom are both teacher directed and child directed. Children explore their curiosities at the proper pace individually and in small groups.
The Progressive model encompasses the latest in education theory and offers children the ability to learn through real-life activities. This model is well-matched for today’s preschool child, placing strong emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative group work and social responsibility.
Progressive classrooms are age specific, with children grouped with like-aged peers. Classrooms are arranged in learning centers with a variety of appropriate hands-on materials. Balancing learning activities and play, children may snuggle up with a stuffed animal in the reading corner and then work on letters, numbers, shapes, colors, language, writing and reading skills.
Progressive teachers have a Child Development Associate credential, Montessori certificate, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in education or related field. Continuing education is required of all teachers.
The Progressive curriculum includes:
- HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
- TEACHING STRATEGIES GOLD
- PRACTICAL LIFE
- SENSORIAL LEARNING
- MONTESSORI MATH
- LANGUAGE ARTS
- SCIENCE, HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY:
- ENRICHMENT IN SPANISH, MUSIC AND ART
- CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY