Children have limitless potential, and seek to belong, learn, solve problems and create. Joyous exploration, creative expression, personalized pathways, and community contribution are the key features of our program. It is our wish for our early learners that they love learning and continue to develop their ability to care—to care for truth and learning; to care for their health and well-being; to care for others, for the world around them, for nature, and for the good that they can bring.
For more than fifty years, the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy have inspired educators throughout the world for their focus on the infinite capabilities of young children by providing them with myriad ways to learn through deep exploration, creativity and communication. At Whittle, our approach is Reggio-inspired throughout our design and our core beliefs:
- Children are infinitely capable.
- Children require multiple ways of engaging and demonstrating learning.
- Children deserve the rights and responsibilities accordant to them, not as citizens-to-be but as engaged citizens of their communities.
- Teachers must be researchers.
- Learning is an active and social endeavor.
- Documentation is a critical piece of the learning process.
Emergent curriculum is a philosophy of teaching and a way of planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences for them in and beyond the classroom.
This philosophy prioritizes active participation by teachers and students in relationship building, flexible and adaptable methods of inquiry, and play-based learning.