Early childhood education

Our philosophy is based on the deep understanding that children are competent human beings on a journey to discover themselves and the world. Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and necessary skills in all developmental areas and establish a foundation for lifelong learning. We value the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and intend to be a Reggio inspired program.

Developmentally appropriate activities focus on the following skills:

LANGUAGE
  Pre-reading, pre-writing, narrative skills.
ARTS
  Experimentation with different materials: paint, wood, clay, use of recycled materials.
MATHEMATICS
  Sorting, grouping, counting, measuring.
SCIENCE
  Experimenting and observing, investigating, gardening, cooking.
MUSIC & DANCE
  Creative movement, singing and instrument playing.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
  Outdoor play, going for walks.
DRAMATIC PLAY
  Role playing, dress-up, pretend kitchen.
SELF HELP
  Hand washing, toileting skills, dressing self, safety procedures, healthy eating, manners.
SENSORIAL PLAY
  Playing with play dough, clay, foam, water, rice, sand and other materials.
SOCIAL SKILLS
  Recognizing and verbalizing feelings, conflict resolution skills, problem solving, empathy, caring for others.

Our classroom is a beautiful space that reflects our respect for children and sets a wonderful atmosphere for them to construct their own knowledge.

Second Language Acquisition

Children learn a second language the same way they learn their native language, by listening and imitating. At Cometa children are inspired to learn Spanish through play, songs, artistic expression and practical life activities.
Researches agree on the benefits of second language acquisition:
-The period of early childhood is considered an optimal time to begin learning a second language.
-Children in effective early second language programs show overall gains on standardized tests of basic skills, and derive additional cognitive, social, and affective benefits.
-The development of positive attitudes towards people who speak other languages and represent other cultures occurs more easily when long, articulated sequences of second language instruction begin in early childhood and become an integral part of school learning.
 
-Early second language learning may result in improved native literacy skill development. Although there are differences in reading and writing skill development between first and second languages many skills and strategies are transferable from first to second language and vice-versa.

Links

Bilingual acquisition

The Reggio Emilia Approach

Musikgarten

Circletime Kids
Multicultural resources for children