Our Curriculum & Approach
A Community of Active Learners
The Carriage House Children’s Center understands that children construct their knowledge of their world through active participatory learning. Guided by the emergent HighScope© curriculum, NAEYC’s teaching standards and the PA Early Learning Standards, teachers provide space, time, experiences, support, and a wide variety of materials to stimulate, soothe, inspire, and challenge children to discover, invent, and problem solve. Children engage in self-initiated and teacher-initiated activities as they explore materials with all of their senses. Teachers play alongside children observing, listening, and conversing with the children about what they are doing and thinking. These observations and conversations provide teachers with the knowledge necessary to extend each child’s learning. While reflecting on their actions, children integrate new experiences into their existing knowledge.
Active Learning Features
Classrooms feature an abundance of age-appropriate materials for the children to use in a variety of ways. Children chose their own play explorations alone or with peers. Learning grows out of the direct actions children have with materials.
Classroom schedules allow for a balance of quiet times, active times, small group activities, large group activities, meals, snacks, and outdoor activities. Daily Routines are designed to give children a sense of control and comfort, while allowing for individual rhythms and temperaments.
On a daily basis teachers and children build trusting, supportive, and respectful relationships by acknowledging each child’s feelings, listening attentively, celebrating strengths, and supporting new challenges and growth.
Partnering with Parents
Parents receive daily updates on their children’s activities and growth. Teachers and administrative staff are available to meet with parents to build a strong home-school connection.