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ACADEMIC PLAN

The first years of life are essential for the development of the human being, since, at this stage, the environment shapes the structure of the brain and designs behavior.

For Early Childhood or Preschool, Fundacion Laureles relies on the Reggio Emilia model that acts under the following principles:

The image of the child

All children have the preparation, potential, curiosity and interest to establish relationships and get involved in social interactions, building their learning and negotiating with everything that the environment offers them.

Children's relationships and interactions

Education has to focus on each child, but not considered in isolation, but in relation to the family, other children, teachers, the school environment, the community and society in general.

Well-being of children, parents and teachers

For children to learn, their well-being has to be guaranteed. Children's rights must be recognized, not just their needs. They have the right to quality care and education that seeks to develop their potential.

The paper of the parents

Parents are considered an essential component in the program. Parents are a competent and active part of children's learning experience and, at the same time, a help in ensuring their well-being at school.

A friendly school

The composition of the physical space is welcoming and encourages meetings, communication and relationships. The arrangement of structures, objects and activities encourage choice, problem solving and new discoveries within the learning process.

Time and Continuity

Children's own sense of time and their personal rhythm are considered when planning activities and projects.

Teachers and children as companions

To know what to plan or how to continue with their work, teachers watch and listen to children carefully. The role of teachers requires continuous research and learning, which is carried out with children.

Emerging resume

Teachers express general goals and make hypotheses about the direction that children's interests, activities, and projects should take, so that appropriate preparations can be made accordingly. Then, after observing children in activity, they make choices about what to offer them and how to support them in their exploration and learning.

Cooperation and collaboration

Teachers work in pairs, with the same level, in each classroom. Collegial relationships and exchanges among teachers provide ongoing professional instruction and theoretical enrichment.

Atelierista and Atelier

A teacher, atelierista (workshop), an expert in the visual arts, works closely with other teachers and with children in schools. A special workshop, atelier, containing a wide variety of materials, tools and resources, is used by all children and teachers to explore, express and create thoughts.

The projects

Projects are in-depth investigations that can begin with any chance event, an idea or problem posed by one or more children, or an experience initiated directly by teachers. Projects can last from a few days to several months.

The documentation

Documentation includes transcripts of children's comments and discussions, photos of their activities, and representations of their thinking and learning using different media that are carefully studied. Documentation has several functions. Among these is making parents aware of their children's experiences; enable teachers to understand children better and evaluate their own work, as well as promote their professional growth; facilitate communication and exchange of ideas between educators; to make children aware that their effort is appreciated and to create an archive that traces the history of the school and the joy of learning by many children and their teachers.

Structure

Work in corners

The structured and designed space is very important for this methodology. At Colegio Laureles it is divided into corners:

  • Mathematics Corner
  • Reading-Writing Corner
  • Social Sciences Corner
  • Natural Sciences Corner

Grados de Primera Infancia:

  • Dreamers: 0 to 6 months.
  • Crawlers: 7 to 12 months.
  • Walkers: 12 to 24 months.
  • Explorers: 2 to 3 years.
  • Adventurers: 3 to 4 years.
  • Researchers: 4 to 5 years.
  • Navigators: 5 to 6 years.

Facilities

  • Dining service.
  • Evening academies.
  • Trained personnel.
  • Safe areas.
  • Security cameras for rooms of dreamers, walkers and explorers.