We firmly believe that children are active and self-motivated learners who learn best through hands-on experience and enjoyment. Based on this understanding of children’s learning trajectory, our teachers plan classroom activities and topics in response to children’s interests and with the goal of inviting active participation and intrigue. The learning experiences that result comprehensively form the emergent curriculum of each classroom.
Our teachers constantly observe how the children play and interact, take note of their questions and invent ways to extend their curiosity by providing tools and materials, sharing a story or working together to find an answer. Not knowing where the group will end up requires our teachers to be flexible, diligent and responsive. At the same time, it makes our day-to-day more exciting and allows us, as educators, to participate in the process of learning.
This teaching philosophy builds on acknowledged best practices and well-researched theories in childhood education, namely developed by Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey and the early childhood movement of Reggio Emilia in Italy. As these theorists, we believe that when classroom activities align with children’s strengths and interests, we help create meaningful learning experiences and instill creative thinking, positive self-image and lifelong love for learning.
The Creative Curriculum
TLCA implements the research-based framework of The Creative Curriculum® across all classrooms. The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool constitute a comprehensive collection of teaching materials that support active learning and promote children’s progress in all developmental areas.
Our teachers use their own knowledge and experiences, as well as the children’s interests, to adapt this curriculum to the unique needs of each classroom. Teachers also align their classroom observations and assessments to the learning objectives of The Creative Curriculum®. These become important communication tools between teachers and parents.
We supplement our regular curriculum with enrichment activities, including STEM, yoga, music, second language and outdoor exploration, or as needed based on the interest of our students.