Broadmoor Preschool Curriculum Philosophy
Broadmoor Preschool directors recognize the importance of a play-based curriculum. Play is children’s work. By exploring a variety of choices, kids have the opportunity to experience the world through art, cooking, science, math, games and outdoor activities.
Every few weeks, “Whoo Hoo week” allows children, with the aid of the directors and parents, to generate the project at one of the stations. In this manner, Broadmoor students are encouraged to follow their own passions and interests, which is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy that children need direction over their own learning,
Frank and Theresa Caplan, educators and authors of The Power of Play, assert the belief that “by the age of eight, a child’s personality, character, creativity, and academic motivation are 80% accomplished.”
This research would indicate that the preschool years are the optimal time for children to investigate their world and develop their senses of self through play. At Broadmoor, this happens with the support of one director and six parents each day, who facilitate conflict resolution, social interaction, language acquisition, and motor skills development.
The Value of Cooperative Curriculum
Parents at Broadmoor have the rare window into their children’s educational experience. Each week, on the assigned work day, parents carry out a project of their own design, at one of six stations.
Benefits of cooperative curriculum:
- Children gain tremendous confidence and security from having a parent present in their school setting, thus creating a bridge between home and school learning.
- Children develop independence through choice of activity and by experiencing success in multiple areas.
- Parents add to their parenting toolbox by gathering effective strategies for mitigating toddler milestones.
- Strategies are developed and practiced by creating and implementing station projects, as well as having a plethora of opportunities to resolve conflicts between and within the students.
- Parents and children gain a community of support by experiencing preschool with other families. Some for many years!
The Broadmoor Learning Stations
Curriculum focus: Children can cook! With parental supervision, kids participate in food preparation while learning about safety and nutrition.
Skills: fine motor, motor planning, cooperation, sequencing (recipes/steps)
Curriculum Focus: Process over product! Creativity abounds when children are able to experiment with media, color, and texture.
Skills: fine motor, motor planning, sensory awareness, creative execution
Curriculum Focus: Play big! Children get their synapses firing while expending abundant toddler energy.
Skills: large motor, motor planning, proprioception, strengthening vestibular apparatus, crossing midline, social interaction, imaginative play
Math and Science
Curriculum Focus: Explore the worlds of math and science through hands on experiences.
Skills: fine motor, pre-math concepts, sequencing (steps of an experiment), making predictions, questioning, observation
Puzzles and Games
Curriculum Focus: Play Games! And by doing so, develop social skills such as sharing and cooperation.
Skills: fine motor, turn-taking, following rules of a game, social interaction, imaginative play
Curriculum Focus: One on one interaction! Children revel in the power to hold an adult’s attention for an extended period of time. As the floater is not anchored to a station, there is opportunity to provide extended attention, challenge, and support.
“I’ve learned to listen to my child more actively. I see a gleam in her eye when I make eye contact with her as she tells me about the steps she took to create her art piece.”
— Kristen, Broadmoor parent