"If children don't learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn."
~Dunn and Dunn
The mission of early childhood education at Weekday Nursery School is to develop a love of learning and develop a lifelong dedication to learning from the outset of a child’s formal education.
Each classroom is designed specifically to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of young children. Each classroom has a Head teacher and an assistant teacher and depending on the number of children, a classroom aide. Our early childhood head teachers hold advanced degrees in early childhood education while the assistant teachers hold a bachelor's, an associates or a CDA.
The early childhood education program at Weekday is guided by a philosophy of progressive, developmental learning based on the model: “play is the work of young children.” The curriculum for our two’s is developed with the same expertise, care, and attention as the curricula for our Senior Pre-K program. Students have ample opportunity to develop language arts, math, science, and motor skills, as well as social and emotional development. It is understood that each child will progress through these accomplishments according to his or her own timetable. All of these goals are met by using a multi-sensory approach to learning.
It is our belief that through active, hands-on learning experiences, a child is able to develop in social, physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional domains; what we refer to as the “SPICE” of life. Teachers plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is integrated into the areas of creative art, gross and fine motor skills, literacy and dramatic play. All of these promote positive social interactions. Our classrooms offer age appropriate materials that allow children to work at their own pace and at their own level. We provide and maintain a classroom setting that is emotionally secure, supportive and planned for independence. Taking initiative, assuming responsibility,self-helpskills and decision making will be encouraged at all times to promote a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
Our understanding that each child learns in a different way, and at a different pace, directs an individualized academic program in which teachers work carefully to determine how to incorporate appropriate alternatives into each child’s learning experience. This commitment to individualized learning is what distinguishes Weekday from other nursery schools.
By the time a child has completed the early childhood education program at Weekday, they have acquired the fundamental skills, self-confidence, and familiarity with their environment that ensure success in elementary school and beyond.