Early Childhood

We are delighted to welcome back returning students and introduce new students into our early childhood community.  Below are the introductory emails for each early childhood classroom.
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A Reggio-Inspired Project Approach

A holistic, authentic, child-centered approach to learning that promotes meaningful relationships, creativity, and critical thinking skills in children. This unique approach is inspired by the philosophy and practice of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

What is the Project Approach

The Project Approach refers to a set of teaching strategies that enable teachers to guide students through in-depth studies of real-world topics.  With engaging and in-depth projects born from student interest, children feel highly motivated and actively involved in their own learning, leading them to produce high-quality work and to grow as individuals, collaborators, learners and artists.

What is a Project?

A project, by definition, is an in-depth investigation of a real-world topic worthy of a student’s attention and effort. The study may be carried out with an entire class or with small groups of students. Projects can be a short or long term, as the students’ reflection process and collaborative goals greatly impact the journey of each project.

Why are we using the Project Approach?

The Project Approach brings a number of advantages to any classroom and represents best practices in progressive early childhood education. The Project Approach aligns with Brent’s Field Studies Program and promotes critical thinking skills, creativity and social-emotional growth while intertwining cross-curricular rigorous academic content.

Our Main Principles

1. The Image of the Child

The child is viewed as strong, powerful, curious and capable. The child is eager to grow and should be nurtured by adults who take this drive towards growth seriously.

2. The 100 Languages of Children

Children communicate and represent their ideas and intelligence in a myriad of ways. All channels are tremendously valuable forms of expression.

3. The Project Approach

Our curriculum is grown from the children, as teachers ask questions and work to discover the children's curiosities, ideas, and theories. Through short and long term projects, children explore interests, problem solve, make connections, think critically and strengthen academic foundations.

4. Collaboration

The children, families, teachers and administration at Brent are all co-constructors of the learning in our school community.

5. Documentation

Each classroom tells the story of their learning by presenting photographs, artifacts, dialogue, and student work, in carefully designed exhibits. This demonstrates to students that their work is valued and taken seriously.

6. Environment as the Third Teacher

Our beautiful, organized, carefully designed classrooms provide relaxing and inspiring spaces that promote communication, relationships, creativity and exploration. Natural, authentic, open-ended materials provoke children’s ideas.

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