Lowell's Approach

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I n the Pre-Primary School, opportunities abound for exploration, discovery, and learning. Teachers act as facilitators and guides, maximizing children's opportunities for learning and helping them acquire strong foundational skills at a developmentally appropriate pace. Learning occurs as children strive to make sense of the world around them. Children construct their own understanding of the world by interacting with adults, peers, and the learning environment.

The Role of Play

Play is an essential way that young children make sense of what is happening around them. They take things they have seen or heard and try them out in new settings, first imitating what they have observed and then extending their play based on their own experiences and knowledge. From this process and with the help of teachers, they develop the skills to build on learning and create new knowledge. When children are stimulated and interested, they are motivated to seek out additional information and new experiences that lead to the construction of new knowledge.

Children's play is intrinsically interesting to them and thus, presents important opportunities for building new knowledge. Lowell teachers recognize that children must be invested in constructing their own learning. It is the role of the teacher to generate activities, projects, and ideas for conversations that will help children progress and develop the skills that will allow them to move on to new challenges. Teachers also provide the developmentally appropriate materials, support, and guidance that children need.

The Role of Teachers

As keen observers of children, Lowell teachers take daily notes to support their planning and extension of children's learning. Planning often includes identifying age-appropriate, individual and group goals, developing balanced classroom schedules, and structuring activities and interactions to meet the needs of all children.

Curriculum

The Pre-Primary program embraces a child-centered approach called an "emergent curriculum" because it is based on and evolves with the students' interests and passions and is guided by the teachers' knowledge and commitment. The Pre-Primary program allows children's interests to become the subject matter of some curricular exploration, while developmental milestones across the domains of learning form the foundation of our curriculum. Children are naturally curious about the world around them and about themselves and others. Teachers support their learning and facilitate their progress in all developmental domains.