How Does Learning Happen?
The starting point for curriculum in Umbrella programs is the belief that children are curious, capable, competent and they learn best by pursuing their own interests and goals in a carefully designed learning environment.
Educators view themselves as co-learners with children, listening carefully to children’s thoughts, providing materials and posing questions to allow children to explore, solve problems and draw conclusions. Children’s thinking and learning is recorded by educators through photographs and written observation and posted in the program for the review and consideration of both children and adults.
Staff members use the document “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” as set out by the Ministry of Education, as a guide in supporting developmentally appropriate practice. This document includes expectations for programs centred on four foundations that are considered to be key ingredients for optimal learning and healthy development. These foundations are Belonging, Well Being, Engagement and Expression. Goals for children include:
- Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world.
- Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being.
- Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind, and senses.
- Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.
The four foundations for learning are implemented in the Umbrella curriculum. Our Vision, Mission and Values closely align with these four foundations.
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