Theory & Best Practices
Research shows that children learn by doing, and they need many opportunities to explore and grow. Preschool activities that align with best practices can foster creativity, as well as promote emotional, cognitive, social, and physical development. Developmentally appropriate activities can also build self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning. The adult’s role is to support children’s interests and learning needs.
Our curriculum is based on this philosophy, which is backed by current research findings and grounded in a century’s worth of work by researchers such as Maslow, Vygotsky, Piaget, and Erickson.
Our Guiding Principles
Research shows that children learn by doing, and they need many opportunities to explore and grow. Preschool activities foster creativity and promote emotional, cognitive, social, language and physical development. Appropriate activities build self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning.
Magic Moments Program Goals
- Each curriculum is based on current research and sound educational theories of early childhood learning and development.
- We will provide a wide range of hands-on, interactive materials allowing children to use their unique learning styles to experiment and explore their surroundings.
- The activities each month will stimulate creativity, build a positive self-image in each child, and address the needs of the whole child.
- The curriculum will encourage involvement of family members in each child’s learning through literature and suggested activities.
- Promotes a love of learning. Preschool activities challenge children to be creative and set the stage for life-long learning. Appropriate activities can build self esteem and enthusiasm.
- Provides consistency and a predictable routine, which is comforting to children. Children are relaxed and ready to learn when they can anticipate what is happening next. As children move through developmental milestones they will need to practice skills at which they are successful. The variety of skill levels will vary greatly with any group of children, even those that are all the same chronological age. Only you know how long to stick with an activity for the benefit of the children in your care. Activities may change or be repeated. You may spend fewer or more minutes on a specific activity; the daily/weekly routine is a guide.
- Includes open – ended activities and materials that build a learning community. When materials are used in a variety of ways, more children benefit. Activities that allow for multi-ages and multi-skill levels will include more children. Older, or children with advanced skills will be models for younger children or those who haven’t yet attained the skill. Activities in our curriculum encourage children to work together, share, and be successful at their individual skill level.
- Encourages participation in two and three dimensional art, music, dramatic play, and creative movement. We provide the activities and materials and children provide their natural curiosity and imagination to expand learning and experiences around a theme or topic.
- Promotes multi-sensory experiences. Many opportunities are included in our activities that allow children to learn through touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing. We know that children learn most when information is provided through all the senses.
- Invites exploration and discovery. The kits for fine motor and creative art include open – ended questions to promote thinking and problem solving. Teachers who model curiosity and wonder will help children reach new levels of development and deeper understanding of concepts.