Lindgren Child Care Center

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Programs and Curriculum

Children are challenged by developmentally appropriate practices implemented by professional staff.

Goals

  • Develop a healthy self-concept
  • Develop socially and emotionally
  • Develop enjoyment of the creative experience
  • Develop trust in adults and peers
  • Develop independence and responsibility for self
  • Develop security and a feeling of success
  • Develop skills in the physical, cognitive and language areas

Constructivist Approach

Our curriculum and theoretical approaches fall under the Constructivist umbrella. The constructivist approach encourages self-directed discovery, hands-on learning and experiential learning derived from previous experiences.

Here are some Constructivist theorists and approaches: 

Vygotsky: Vygotsky believed that cognitive development was a journey children explored with others. With the assistance of expert partners and guided participation, children are able to connect new experiences with what they already know. 

Piaget: Piaget provided support for the idea that children think differently than adults and his research identified several important milestones in the mental development of children. He believed that children went through four stages of cognitive development which helped them understand the world around them, just like a scientist.

Reggio: A constructivist approach that embraces the importance of the natural environment, children’s own thinking and development. It is self-guided through active engagement with people, materials and the environment.

Pedagogical Approach: Hands on approach using the different learning styles such as listening, discovering, discussion and doing.

Project Approach: It is a child-centered philosophy that allows children to become active learners as they work, learn and grow within the environment.

Screening and Assessment

The center uses these research-based screening tools:

The center uses these research-based (PDF) assessment tools: