Our program curriculum encompasses the child's whole day at Nara. It not only refers to the written educational program, but also the daily routine, interactions and procedures.
We believe play is a vital and important way for children to learn and this begins at birth. Through play, children learn about themselves and their place in the world.
The program curriculum caters for the ‘whole child’. The child is seen in the context of the family and community, our educators have a genuine commitment to working with the family to get the best outcome for your child.
The program demonstrates an understanding of the interconnectedness between the child’s development, the family and the broader community.
Educators encourage children to make decisions for themselves while fostering feelings of success, confidence, value and pride to facilitate a positive self-image. The children are encouraged to be independent, self-sufficient and to assume as much responsibility in their surroundings as their maturity will allow.
Learning is a journey that we take our whole lives and our curriculum is designed to incorporate the best practices of the best research and expertise in early childhood education. Days are broken into chunks of time where children have opportunities to focus on specific interest areas working independently as well as in groups like our morning and afternoon Circle Times.
Within the day, children are given many choices and the freedom to move between areas of the room. Book area, block building, pretend play, manipulative, art, sensory and science areas include a variety of materials that are regularly rotated and carefully chosen to invite children to create, to explore and to express themselves. Activities such as cooking projects, science experiments, gardening and story telling are regularly offered. Children enjoy daily music, movement and story times.
Project work is an important part of the curriculum: when children work together on big endeavours, they learn deeply about the topics that interest them. Recent projects include writing and performing a play; creating a restaurant where preschool chefs served their classmates; and transforming cubby house in an ocean. Field trips and walks in the neighbourhood inform these studies by allowing children to observe and to collect information out in the real world. Literacy and math experiences are integrated into the day so that they are contextual and geared to each individual's readiness.