La Piccola Scuola Italiana is a Reggio Emilia inspired Italian-immersion program that provides very young children a joyful and developmentally appropriate environment in which to learn and grow. Our mission is two-fold: (1) to provide the highest quality, progressive early childhood care and education, and (2) to build a community in which children can experience lively Italian language and authentic Italian culture. Here are some of our goals. These goals apply equally to children and to adults at La Piccola Scuola Italiana. ~ To experience joy and discovery daily. ~ To be active and engaged in learning and exploration. ~ To feel proud and content with ourselves. ~ To learn to be kind and to make wise choices. ~ To be flexible and responsive to individual people's/families' changing needs. ~ To engage all senses and provide a varied and balanced 'sensory diet.' ~ To live Italian language and culture daily. ~ To create a sense of community and belonging, of friendship and kinship.
La Piccola Scuola Italiana's classroom environment is organized by 'learning centers,' such as the writing table, the housekeeping area, the blocks corner, etc. Center materials are rotated regularly to provide new and engaging activities that challenge and delight us all.
During open choice time, children choose where and with whom to play, which allows each child to develop at his or her own pace and to discover new interests at different times of the year. Our daily routine consists of both child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. We believe that how the children direct themselves is strongly influenced by all the choices that teachers make - from what activities to propose, to the presentation and display of materials, to how we interact with children during their play or how we support resolution of social conflicts. Likewise, the teacher-directed activities are strongly influenced by what we know about the children, by the choices they make and by the needs children express to us verbally and non-verbally. This sort of RECIPROCITY is fundamental to our approach to early childhood education.
In a typical day, children work with: Art , Drama / Dress up, Blocks & Manipulatives, Cooking, Music, Writing / Drawing, Tactile Exploration, Outdoor Experiences, Reading, Small groups, Large group, One on one with a teacher . The exact routine of the day depends on which group your child is in.