St John’s CCDC’s curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach. This curriculum, developed by Loris Malaguzzi after World War II in Italy, recognizes children’s inherent curiosity and desire to discover.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an innovative and progressive curriculum. It is also referred to as an emergent curriculum
An emergent curriculum is that one that builds upon the interests of children. Topics for study are captured from the talk of children, through community or family events, as well as the known interests of the children (such as dinosaurs, puddles, etc.)
Team planning is an essential component of the emergent curriculum. Lead teachers and co-teachers at St. John’s work together to formulate the possible directions of a project, the materials needed, and possible parent and/or community support and involvement. The Reggio Emilia approach is based upon the following set of principles:
Through this curriculum, St. John’s CCDC will provide a wide variety of learning experiences for children which will enrich their social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical development in a warm Christian atmosphere. Our programs focus on developing the “whole child”. Each child is unique and our programs are designed to meet the varied interests and developmental needs.
“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.”Loris Malaguzzi
Classroom centers are arranged with guidelines of the Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) to provide children with an excellent means to create, explore, discover and learn about the world around them in their own special way. Our curriculum includes, but is not limited to: