Nature-based education connects awareness of self, family, community, and the natural world through the development of personal and social responsibility. Elements uses nature based education as a foundation for all learning in early childhood. Art, literacy, science, early math, and social-emotional learning are taught through real-world interactions using an inquiry based learning model in a natural setting.
Our indoor and outdoor spaces serve as blank canvases, enabling educators to create and recreate the physical space to meet each child’s needs. These changes offer new and unique challenges that allow children to grow across all domains through interaction with others and the world around them. Ours is a progressive approach drawing from research-based theories including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, High-Scope Perry, Creative Curriculum, and Bank Street methods.
Each day consists of varied learning opportunities through both structured and unstructured play, inquiry-based science lessons, sensory play, gross and fine motor development, dramatic play, exploratory learning, literacy, early math, and art in all of it’s forms.
The goals of our curriculum are to create varied opportunities for children to explore natural objects, to help children develop a better sense of self as the explore nature, and to recognize oneself as part of a broader community.
The yearly learning themes at Elements Preschool are based on the 5 elements: Fire, Space, Air, Earth, and Water. Using the elements as a base, the supporting curriculum reinforces what we observe as nature moves through the seasons. Art, Literacy, and Science themes are meant to reinforce the developmental stages of each age group as well as the progression and trajectory of the school year. Art, Literacy, and Science concepts become more complex and require greater motor skills as the concepts and activities build upon one another.