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Full Day: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
An early drop-off option offered at 8:00 am serving breakfast for an additional charge – depending on space availability.The Exploration Academy operates and enrolls year-round; providing early education and care for children ages 1 through 5 years old.Our curriculum is based on a combination of the Development Interaction Approach (DIA) and the Project Approach to Learning. The Developmental Interaction Approach is based on the belief that children are active learners, explorers, experimenters, and artists. The program takes into account that children learn at different rates and in different ways. We believe learning should encompass several subjects at once and occur in collaborative groups. Students spend most of their time participating in hands-on activities, play, dialogue and discussions. The curriculum is based on the idea that if children can explore, study, and learn about the human world, they can make sense of what they encounter. In order to facilitate experiential learning, we focus on: social emotional development, dramatic play, art, science, literacy, math concepts, and geography. Projects have complex yet flexible frameworks within which teaching and learning are seen as interactive processes.
The day begins with art projects and free choice, followed by circle time, which may include the calendar, weather, morning songs, news, group chat, theme discussion, letter and number of the week, a sharing pouch, and story time. Children in the program participate in music and movement classes, foreign language classes, and cooking lab. The day also includes “work choice” (including project work, tech lab, reading loft, self-directed and instructed lessons, and craft making), and a minimum of an hour of unrestricted gross motor activities – rain or shine. Children are served lunch and up to three snacks daily, with an emphasis on healthful and organic foods.
Enrollment is open year round depending on space availability.
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