Giselle                        

 Learning    

  Academy    

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Our curriculum is based on the highest standards of care and learning and incorporates years of research in the field of early childhood education into how young children learn best. Our comprehensive, holistic approach to ensuring our children thrive in school and life is listed below:

Learning Through Play


We believe that children learn best through play and that childhood should not be rushed. Children need the time and space to develop in their own unique way at their own pace. Because research tells us play enhances all areas of development in young children, play-centered learning is the basis of our curriculum.


Balanced Learning Activities


Children learn in many different ways, so learning activities throughout our program are a balance of structure and flexibility, individuals, small-group and large-group experiences, child-initiated and teacher-led, quiet and active periods,  and multi-sensory approaches. Each program is designed to encourage children to build upon learned skills and previous learning and experiences, with opportunities to reflect, revisit and connect.


Trusting Relationships


We know from research that teacher-child relationships play a significant role in influencing young children's social and emotional development. In our program, children develop trusting relationships with nurturing and experienced teachers who show children respect, and interact with them in caring and individualized ways. Every day, our teachers listen to the children, get down to their level, hug them, calmly implement clear and consistent limits, and support each child individually to establish trust, encourage motivation, engagement, and a positive attitude towards learning.


Hands-On Exploration


Young children discover the world through their senses, exploring with materials, moving throughout the classroom, and interacting with one another. To take advantage of their natural motivations and their sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them, our teachers create hands-on, active learning experiences. We emphasize experimentation and problem-solving through investigation and collaboration, focusing on the process of learning, rather than the end product.


Positive Learning Environment


Children learn better when the learning environment is positive and supportive. In addition to being safe, inviting, and stimulating, our classrooms include a variety of engaging learning centers and open-ended materials that foster children's growth in language, large and small muscles, creativity, imagination, self-help skills, and cultural awareness. Each classroom's schedule and routines reinforce learning by being structured enough to provide children security and predictability, while flexible enough to meet children's needs.


Family Engagement


Studies show that parents' involvement enhances children's achievement, attitudes and behavior, and help the feel more comfortable in new settings, so family engagement and communication are the cornerstone of our program. We respect and support each family's background and culture, values and traditions, and encourage feedback, input, and open communication. We welcome parents as experts on their children, and as partners in setting goals to best serve their child's needs, strengths, and interests.