From the Director:
BunnyBears is a childâ??centered rather than adult directed program. Our curriculum emerges from the childrenâ??s interests and investigations. We provide children with rich and stimulating, high quality environment. In building our environment we think about many creative spaces that motivate learning, develop relationships and promote a childâ??s strong sense of self and security. Although our program is not highly structured, we do believe that children need a routine in order to feel safe and secure. In our program we encourage children to work together in small groups and value peer interactions that provide opportunities to learn and explore the environment. Teachersâ?? observations and documentation allows us to better understand each childâ??s learning styles and interests. It also helps us to provide children with the curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to children. BunnyBears is an environmentally friendly school. Taking care of our own garden and school pets, recycling paper and trash will teach children to be respectful and caring towards their own environment. We ask children to be coâ??participants in the organization of our daily life in school (setting up the snack, cleaning up, etc.,) so we could all feel like a part of the Bunnybears community. We work to create a literacy rich environment, which helps children make the connections between the spoken and the written word and that supports preâ??reading skills according to each childâ??s development and personal timeline. BunnyBears highly values and encourages selfâ??expression through a wide variety of methods, including art media, storytelling, dancing, poetry, puppetry, etc. Our outdoor art studio is rich with different kinds of paint and paper, collage and beading materials, clay, play dough, and much more. We encourage children to work on individual as well as group and long term projects. Art studio is a place where children are supported to be free in their own expression of art: finger painting, body painting, footstep pattern making, clay sculpture building, etc All the teachers at BunnyBears School are well educated and experienced in early childhood education. We are committed to continuing our own growth and development as individuals and teachers by reading professional journals, attending workshops and conferences and supporting each other as colleagues.