Academic Teaching Philosophy
The Campus Preschool believes strongly in a child’s ability to excel far beyond the “norm” in academic achievements. To achieve our high level of learning, we work with children in small groups, allowing substantial time for individualized attention and thus permitting each child’s current level of learning to be met. We recognize that in order to develop a successful learner, we must provide a three-way synergy of cognitive learning, social interaction learning and movement based learning.
Our academic focused program is based upon comprehensive Houghton Mifflin Curriculum and enhanced with a unique learning style specifically designed for our facility. Our highly-trained teachers carefully write and execute weekly lesson plans that fully encompass state standards and are aligned with common core curriculum. However, we strongly believe that a child’s natural curiosities are the best opportunities for accelerated learning. Because of this understanding, our teachers are carefully trained to recognize teachable moments, identify high achievers and differentiate lessons plans based on those two factors. This freedom allows The Campus Preschool to teach to a child’s highest learning capacity, rather than what is widely accepted in the industry as age level expectations, or “the norm”. Strategically placed within our academic approach to learning, The Campus Preschool students participate in weekly music/violin lessons. The science behind music and learning displays evidence that music aids in executive functioning, reasoning, problem solving, learning and spatial memory. All of which require cognitive cognizance.
Social Interaction Learning
Throughout a typical preschool day, there are countless opportunities for children to interact and play with one another. Peer interactions serve a variety of important roles for preschoolers. Throughout the day, as they watch, imitate, model, and interact with each other, preschoolers learn to share, solve problems, and collaborate. They also build friendships that promote positive social and emotional development. At The Campus Preschool our teachers strategically foster opportunities for planned social interaction throughout the day to increase situations of positive social behavior.
Movement Based Learning
Teaching children the art of movement at a young age has been linked to visual thinking, problem solving, creativity and social development. Studies have shown that the amount of movement and exercise a person engages in directly affects the size and memory capacity of their hippocampi. The hippocampus is an area of the brain primarily associated with memory and learning. For these reasons, we have incorporated a strong gross motor aspect into all classes at The Camus Preschool. Students participate in daily movement within our gymnastics facility, making full use of all 8,000 square feet, as well as daily outdoor recess. Weekly, students take part in formal gymnastics, sports conditioning and swimming classes. In addition, our teachers are trained on specific approaches to integrating movement into circle time and transitions. Researchers James Pollatschek and Frank Hagen report that “children engaged in daily physical education show superior motor fitness, academic performance and attitude towards school as compared to their counterparts who do not participate in daily physical education.