In recognition of how crucial these early years are to later learning, the early childhood curriculum at Beth Meyer Preschool integrates the best of early childhood theories and ideas. Our preschool is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
We believe that a child’s development unfolds at different times and ages for different children. One child may have better hand- eye coordination than another at the same age. Two children of the same age can differ in their interactions with others, one perhaps more social and outgoing. Developmentall Appropriate Practice emphasizes “meeting children on their own terms”. To do this, teachers must have deep knowledge of child development and be highly skilled at observing children in their daily lives.
We further believe that learning is a dynamic process in which children construct their own knowledge through play and active exploration of their environment, both physical and social.
Rather than follow a set curriculum of units, our teachers select classroom themes based on their students’ growing interests and passions. Our lesson plans are carefully thoughtout each week in order to touch on allareas of growth, including physical-motor, language, social-emotional and intellectual-cognitive.