Although our program is informal and flexible, the environment, activities, and routines are the result of careful planning based on knowledge of each child's growth and development.
We know that young children view the world concretely and that learning has to be interactive and involve the whole child. We have created a sensory-rich environment for children to learn and develop through their senses. The classrooms are set up in advance by the teachers to provide children with a variety of learning experiences.
Our teachers' commitment to the importance of your child's emotional development, as well as their ability to form positive personal relationships with them, is the most crucial component of our successful emotion-based curriculum. We let children know that who they are, what they feel, think and what say matters.
Discipline and Conflict Resolution
One of the most important tasks for young children is learning what behaviors are appropriate. Although the words "discipline" and "punishment" are often used to mean the same thing, they are actually very different. Discipline means to teach, to guide, and to support children towards acceptable behavior. The goal of discipline is to help children gain internal controls. Punishment is punitive and may stop a child's negative behavior temporarily, but it doesn't help them develop self-control. Out goal is to help your child develop internal controls and problem-solving skills. Learn more about our conflict resolution technique.
Our Reggio-Emilia inspired art program places an emphasis on the process, not the product. During this process children develop fine motor skills, language, visual spatial skills, problem solving and critical thinking. GPFP has an atelierista who works collaboratively and supports teachers in developing projects with the children. These projects summarize learning experiences while using a variety of materials, tools, and techniques.
Physical engagement and movement such as yoga, help children to develop physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Yoga in particular has been attributed to children's ability to self-regulate through the practice of breathing and meditation exercises. We provide a weekly visit from a yoga specialist. During this time children can explore their relationship to movement which helps them feel empowered and develop a sense of physical competence.
Music is beneficial to children as it enlivens and enriches the learning environment. They can explore emotions through music, which may help them to better understand themselves and others. It can also help children develop socially as they are cooperating with others. Dancing helps children to build motor skills and practice self-expression. We provide a weekly visit from a music specialist.