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E11 Studio Playschool

325 Sutherland Place
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Phone:
(719) 685-5344

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • A fabulous 'office/post-office/library/store" with two typewriters, word processor with large font, copious envelopes, parcels and writing materials.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • natural objects that prompt counting, sorting, ordering activities.
Time & space more

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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music Together Program
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our Teacher: 1. Dispenses occasions that challenge children intellectually and emotionally 2. Serve as the childrenâ??s scribe; writing their dictations 3. Have children talk about which representation communicates the best 4. Let children choose and discuss which media work best 5. Teach technical skills directly, for example, when working with clay 6. Comment on the work itself rather than on the children's skill level 7.Combine objects and materials in unexpected ways; for example, bring the outdoors in and the indoors out 8. Study and learn from the children 9. Allow children slow, unhurried time

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Diversity

E11 Studio Playschool is open to all regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, ethnic or cultural background. We value diversity and acknowledge that diversity may include children with special needs. Children with special needs are welcome at E11 Studio Playschool if the Parent/Guardian, Teacher and other professionals such as Speech and Language, Physical or Occupational Therapy and/or Educational Psychology determine that E11 SP can reasonably meet the childâ??s needs without extraordinary adaptations on the part of the School and its Teacher.

child centered learning

We believe in a child centered learning environment. We follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices as described by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Strong emphasis is placed on learning through play with the caregiver as the facilitator, role model and listener rather than teacher in the traditional sense. Maria Navaratne is constantly looking for the teachable moment when the child is developmentally ready to absorb and learn a particular concept. Learning is more meaningful for the child when there is a high level of interest. Children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Learning centers are set up throughout the classroom and children select activities that are of interest to them. Multiple and diverse opportunities are provided for artistic expression and representation.

Children are encouraged to explore and develop in all areas to provide a well-rounded experience for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

mission statement

E11 Studio Playschool is dedicated to providing children age 3 to school age with a school environment and activities that awaken in young children powers to perceive, study, and represent the beautiful worlds of nature and culture surrounding them. As a result, through guided exploration, play, and self-expression, are introduced in appropriate ways to the important symbols and knowledge systems of adults. The school is a collaboration between the liberal arts and the professional discipline of early childhood education.


philosophy

E11 SPâ??s educational philosophy includes the following beliefs:


1. That each child is a unique individual with special gifts and talents for intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.
2. That the needs of the whole child must be considered and nurtured when planning any activity or environment for young children.
3. That parents are the primary educators of their children and that we serve to support the family in its child-rearing role.
4. That children must be nurtured and respected as they go about their everyday role of work through play.
5. We acknowledge that growth during the early years is uneven and that each child learns at his/her own pace. As such, developmentally appropriate curriculum is planned to meet the needs of each child.
6. Hands on experience for young children are the best teachers. Emphasis is on learning by doing, rather than by being told.
7. At all times the health, welfare and happiness of the child and family must be respected.

child centered learning

We believe in a child centered learning environment. We follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices as described by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Strong emphasis is placed on learning through play with the caregiver as the facilitator, role model and listener rather than teacher in the traditional sense. Maria Navaratne is constantly looking for the teachable moment when the child is developmentally ready to absorb and learn a particular concept. Learning is more meaningful for the child when there is a high level of interest. Children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Learning centers are set up throughout the classroom and children select activities that are of interest to them. Multiple and diverse opportunities are provided for artistic expression and representation.

Children are encouraged to explore and develop in all areas to provide a well-rounded experience for each child.

A Typical Day

Program Overview

Our School offers a flexible schedule of classes for three and four year olds. Inspired by Vygotskyâ??s theory of reciprocal and cooperative learning, the children are placed in mixed age and ability groupings (age 3+ to school age).

A minimum of two sessions is preferred in order that the children can form meaningful relationships with their peer group. Options include two morning or afternoon sessions to five full days and anywhere in-between.


Early arrival (7:30am) and late pick-up (5:00pm) are available on a case-by-case basis.

Please discuss the terms on initial contact with the School.


An E11 Studio Playschool day typically consists of:


09:00 to 12:00


Arrival & self-directed play/explorations - including optional art project

Eating Together - Snack time Family-Style

Outdoor Play

Circle Time - Teacher guidance time/singing, fingerplays, 'breathe-in time", focused art session with guidance

"Breathe-Out" time - self-directed play

Morning session only pick up at 12:00

12:00 to 12:30 Eating Together - Lunch time - Includes preparing and clearing the table.

12:30 Afternoon session begins

Story Together Time - opportunity to rest

i. Self-directed play/explorations in classroom and/or

ii. Teacher guided enrichment activity e.g. â??Square Foot Gardeningâ??, Visual Elements

Investigations, Message Center Writing, Construction and Invention Activities, Music and/or Movement.

iii. This session could include time in the backyard - vegetable gardening, Art or Science.

Eating Together - Snack Time

Plenary/Story Together Time

Session ends at 3:30


Times and activities may vary. There will always be two snack times, one lunchtime, and an opportunity to rest or nap for at least 45 minutes daily for those children attending for more than four hours.

Field Trips may also be planned in order to enhance the classroom learning experiences.

Television viewing is not part of the curriculum at E11 SP.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A child centered emergent curriculum, catering to the individual needs of each pupil. Literacy, Language Development Skills, Early Math and Scientific Inquiry are embedded in our developmentally appropriate curriculum.
E11 SP utilizes the State of Colorado's 'Building Blocks to the K-12 Content Standards to:
i. illustrate a continuum of learning
ii. inform understanding of child development during the preschool years
iii. inform curriculum development
iv. guide the selection of assessment tools that are appropriate for learners from a variety of backgrounds with differing abilities.
v. provide a framework to oversee educational practices and advocate for resources
vi. focus a conversation among families and community members about the education of young children.

We also offer:
Bi-Annual Open House
Parent/Teacher conference to celebrate our children's year of learning.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school