The education program at Young Explorers is based on Emergent Curriculum. Emergent Curriculum is a method of education planning based on the children’s interest and passion at a certain point in time. Children thrive and learn best when their interests are captured. When this happens, learning occurs naturally. Planning emergent curriculum requires careful observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility and patience on the part of our staff. Rather than starting with the lesson plan which is repeated every year regardless of the age, developmental level or interests of the children, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interest. In short, it is a child-directed and teacher-facilitated approach to planning the curriculum.
The emergent curriculum process starts when a teacher sees an interest 'emerging' in the child. Once the emerging interest has been identified, the teachers brainstorm different ways for the children to study the topic in depth. Teachers brainstorm many possibilities for study sparked from the emerging interest of the children. Rather than a lesson plan, the teacher ends up with a 'road map.' Connecting all the activities together gives the teacher a road map full of possible journeys with no end in sight. The end comes when the children have moved their interest to another topic and a new emerging interest has again been identified.
Young Explorers offers both full-time and part-time care for all of our programs.
Tadpoles is a communication tool that allows you to receive daily electronic updates on your child's progress, monthly calendars and important updates on a daily basis. This is done through both email and a secure app to your mobile device and can include images and video.
Our program offerings are divided by rooms and age as follows: