PCS Pre - K Philosophy and Curriculum

 
“It won’t work!”   He tried for over 10 minutes to get two negative ends of magnets to go together.  We could have told him that it would never work but, we would have taken all of the depth of learning away from him discovering that for himself.

“It won’t work!”

He tried for over 10 minutes to get two negative ends of magnets to go together.

We could have told him that it would never work but, we would have taken all of the depth of learning away from him discovering that for himself.


Philosophy: In the Premier Charter School Pre-Kindergarten program, we do not believe that there is only one way to proceed when it comes to helping develop a young child’s understanding of the world, self concept, and general love of learning.

We use a play based curriculum called Project Construct.  This curriculum addresses four domains of child development. These 4 domains are:

  1. Socio-moral – Ability to relate emotionally, ethically and intellectually to the external world

  2. Cognitive- Ability to merge new knowledge with what is already known

  3. Representational – Ability to communicate ideas seen, known or imagined

  4. Physical – Ability to use body with increased purpose, control and skill

* In the picture above, you see all 4 key principles of the Project Construct Framework represented;

Principle 1: Children have an intrinsic desire to make sense of their world.

Principle 2: Children actively construct knowledge and values by interacting with the physical and social worlds

Principle 3: In their universal efforts to understand the world, children’s thinking will contain predictable errors.

Principle 4: Children’s development is an interactive and interrelated process and spans the Socio-moral, Cognitive, Representational, and Physical Development domains


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Additionally,

we have chosen to blend ideas and concepts from other widely known early childhood philosophies including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and nature/outdoor learning


Finally, we focus on building resilience to stress and other threats for children, by promoting these proven factors;  

Self–control Attachment (relationships) Initiative (motivation)


Our mission is to build a solid foundation for all future learning. We do this by continuing to learn, understand and support the complex development of children. We strive to stay on the cutting edge of child development and initiatives in order to partner with parents in providing our students with the best possible start.


At PCS we know that relationships are the most important part of any educational institution and really any human beings life.  Children cannot grow into well balanced adults without deep, caring relationships with peers and the adults in their life.  That is why we always begin there!

 
Early Childhood Education is the key to the betterment of society
— Maria Montessori