Play is an important part of the Brunswick Kindergarten curriculum.The Brunswick Kindergarten staff closely observe the children while they engage in indoor and outdoor play experiences. Staff use their observations when planning activities and experiences to further each child’s:
Cognitive development (the way children think)
Emotional development (including separation and dealing with own emotions)
Social development (making friends)
Language development (communication)
Fine Motor Development (use of fingers and hands)
Gross Motor Development (use of arms, legs, feet and body)
Spontaneous teaching moments arise often. Play is the young child’s way of learning. At Brunswick Kindergarten children learn through their ability to touch, manipulate and experiment actively with materials and to interact with other children while taking risks. Observing and recording information about the children at play forms the basis to planning the kindergarten program. The children’s needs and interests guide the direction of the program. This is why each Brunswick Kindergarten group program differs from another. Brunswick Kindergarten’s program is a play-based, emergent curriculum that is recorded daily and changed regularly to reflect the direction of the children’s interests. Records of the children’s daily kindergarten experiences can be viewed in the classrooms by parents. These records include photographs, notes taken about the experience and children’s comments and conversations.