Emergent Curriculum

The main goal for Chatterbox is to start with a child’s interests! The following is a look at emergent curriculum and the roles of the teacher to achieve an emergent curriculum:

All children are viewed as important resources and competent learners at Chatterbox. Our program allows one hour in the morning and afternoon of “Free Play,” which gives children the opportunity for decision-making, independence and responsibility.

Hands-on activities encourage taking turns, problem-solving and play-based learning. Children actively take part in the planning process with the teachers. This allows them to be part of the decision process, which leads to independence and responsibility.

The Role of the Teacher

Our teachers carefully observe the children to determine their interests and needs. Our staff understands child development and provides a host of hands-on activities to promote children’s development of skills necessary for both school and life successes.

Teacher-directed activities are usually any specific topic that is interesting to the children and is worth experimenting and researching more about together. For example, volcanoes (Why do they explode and what comes out when they explode?) might be a specific topic that the children might wish to explore in more depth with their teacher.

Each room at Chatterbox is attractively designed to encourage children to explore and learn in different ways. These areas are as follows: Library Area, Truck and Block Area, Sand and Water Area, Creative Area (arts and crafts, Play-Doh, etc.), Dramatic Play Area, Music Area, Writing Area and a Science Area.

Our Outdoor Area is just as important for the children’s overall physical and cognitive growth. Our schedule permits 45 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon of outdoor play. Being outdoors allows children to appreciate the beauty of nature and gives them a sense of wonder about nature.
Playing outside