How We Learn
Research has shown that relationships are the basis of learning. Our teachers provide genuine, respectful nurturing of their students—the heart of caring—helping to build a secure foundation for children to explore the world around them. Children are encouraged to be active learners, to make choices and gradually learn to understand the connection between their experiences with each other and with the environment. Our Preschool and older Toddler programs enjoy small group time in both the morning and afternoon to promote an optimal learning and social environment.
We believe that a rich early childhood experience combines the best of classical education and current research in the field. In our classrooms you will see materials from the Montessori tradition, children teaching and learning from each other in the spirit of Vygotsky, and documentation inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. At the heart of our program is Piaget’s philosophy that through play, children are best able to make new skills and concepts their own.
Our teachers discover what the children are captivated by and develop a well-planned curriculum around what is most meaningful. You may hear this described as an “emergent approach”. Each teaching team has a strong grasp on the skills and concepts that the children are developmentally ready to explore. To this knowledge, and through careful observation of the children’s individual learning styles, they construct a multi-faceted curriculum to foster each area of development. Exploration may be organized around themes such as sea life, the people in our community, transportation, families, theatre, or even Peter and the Wolf.
BGCC enrolls children from age 3 months to five years old. We structure each of our programs based on the age of your child as of September 1st:
- Infants: 3 months – 1 year, 2 months
- Toddler 1: 15 months – 1 year 11 months
- Toddler 2: 2 years – 2 years 8 months
- Preschool 1: 2 years 9 months – 3 years 5 months
- Preschool 2: 3 years 6 months – 5 years
Orientation into our Preschool (P1 and P2) programs includes two visits to your child’s classroom. Each child also receives a welcome book with a story that describes a day in the Center and photos to help familiarize him/her with the classroom environment, the teaching team and daily routine. In the Infant, Toddler 1, and Toddler 2 programs, new children receive welcome books and an afternoon tea is held for children and their families the week before school begins. We find this to be a nice way for younger children and their parents to begin to get to know each other and to become familiar with the teachers and classroom environment.