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4 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide 22ndCenturyMedia.com Experience emergent curriculum at Bright Horizons For more than 30 years, Bright Horizons® has been partnering with Chicagoland families to provide engaging, enriching early education and preschool programs. Bright Horizons prides itself on providing high-quality early childhood education, focusing on school readiness by using top of the line educational resources. Implementing an approach to educating the child as a whole, Bright Horizons offers an emergent curriculum tailored to the individual child. The term “emergent curriculum” is rooted in the work of noted early childhood theorists like Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky, and is defined as a process where teachers plan activities and projects based on the specific group of children they are working with, taking into account their skills, needs, and interests. In an emergent curriculum program, what happens in side by side classrooms will look different because of the varying skills, interests, and needs of the children within those classrooms. A teacher takes into account what she knows about individuals and the particular group of children she teaches and plans accordingly. A successful emergent curriculum approach means that teachers thoughtfully plan the environment, offering visible choices, based on the children’s skills and needs. Teachers conduct observations to help with planning, Teachers practicing emergent curriculum utilize reflective practice, taking time to reflect and act on their observations of children. Teachers still plan according to age group objectives and appropriate content including school readiness skills such as letter and number concepts. They also follow state early childhood standards where available and may use a system for tracking children’s progress such as Teaching Strategies GOLD. Project work is often another component of programs that successfully practice emergent curriculum. Projects allow children to study a topic in more depth over a period of days or weeks and can involve a small group or the whole class. Projects in an emergent curriculum classroom often focus on answering children’s questions such as “Where does water go when you water plants?” Teachers take note of children’s questions and where appropriate, build project work to help answer those questions. Emergent curriculum is a developmentally appropriate approach to planning for children’s learning in early childhood settings. Through this approach, teachers gain greater understanding of each child’s individual needs, allowing for thoughtful and individualized programming. To see emergent curriculum in action, schedule a visit at one of our convenient locations throughout Chicagoland: visit www.brighthorizons.com/sg18 or call (877)-624-4532. Submitted by Bright Horizons, (877) 624-4532, www.brighthorizons.com. FULL & HALF DAY PROGRAMS. THE NURTURING NEVER STOPS. Tour your local Goddard School and experience why it’s the best preparation for social and academic success. Goddard Systems, Inc.’s program is AdvancED Accredited. NOW ENROLLING! SKOKIE • 9651 Gross Point Road • 847-773-0200 GoddardSchool.com INFANT THROUGH PRE-K • OPEN YEAR-ROUND The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. Goddard Systems, Inc. program is AdvancED accredited. © Goddard Systems, Inc. 2018
22ndCenturyMedia.com private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 5 Countryside Montessori School: A place not only to learn but to grow up Countryside Montessori School is unique among the many independent schools on the North Shore and has carved out a niche market for families who are looking for an educational experience that focuses both on academic rigor, but also on the development of social-emotional learning that is the foundation necessary for the development of good character. In fact, Countryside’s faculty can often be heard saying, “We are committed to more than great students – we are committed to exceptional adults.” Countryside is able to achieve this goal by creating classrooms that emulate real life, giving its students the opportunities to make independent choices, learn from mistakes and failures, share the responsibility of class management with the teachers, and be peer mentors, teachers and mediators. Whether that means helping a friend in the toddler class put her socks on after gym or design a micro-business to run in the Middle School. Parents of CMS have reported that after their children have started at CMS, “They are eager and excited to learn. They have developed greater selfconfidence. School has become a joy for them! In addition, much progress has been made in developing respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness in our children; all qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives.” Countryside is more than a school for students. It is also a school for parents who want to consider carefully the choices they are making in their daily lives that will impact the development of the children’s character and be a part of a community with a shared vision for how to accomplish the goal of raising young adults who are ready to take their place in the world when they are 18 years old. Countryside just celebrated its 50th year serving the North Shore community. Students can begin as early as 16 months and continue all the way through eighth grade. The school has a remarkable dedicated faculty with very little turnover, many of whom have been at the school for more than fifteen years. The teachers in the school say that they always have their minds on the adults each of their students will become and what decisions will best prepare them for their independent futures. CMS holds monthly information sessions. Families can sign up on their website or call the school for a tour. They also have an extensive portion of their website dedicated to interviews with graduates, parents of graduates, and objective data on how the students perform academically during their time at CMS and after they graduate (see Outcomes in the menu bar). The next Parent Information Sessions are at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Submitted by Countryside Montessori School, 1985 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, www.countrymontessori.org, 847-498-1105.