The Synergistic Curriculum is guided by 7 components and focuses on brain development. These 7 components interact in cooperation to produce a combined effect of optimal learning for each child, our classroom, and our extended environment.
Children will be exposed to daily age-appropriate meditation and yoga. We will practice mindfulness, develop a class mantra and explore breathing exercises to aid in self-regulation. We will discuss how mindful techniques can help us in our interactions with self and others and how our thoughts and actions determine who we become and how they extend to those outside ourselves.
DEVELOP A SET OF VALUES AND POSITIVE CHARACTER TRAITS:
We will become superheroes in our classroom through learning, discussing and modeling positive character traits including kindness, courage, gratitude, creativity, growth, empathy, respect and thoughtfulness.
EXPLORATORY, INTERACTIVE, PURPOSEFUL PLAY AND LEARNING:
As a class of learners we will explore, investigate, observe, interact, play and learn. 3 and 4 year olds are making new neurological connections constantly and therefore their learning experiences need to be meaningful and multifaceted using their senses and social connectivity. Learning in our classroom will explain how and why these experiences contribute to student and classroom growth.
MIND / BODY CONNECTION:
Children will learn about the science of how their minds and bodies are connected and the importance of understanding how healthy habits and nutrition contribute to overall well-being. We will learn how taking care of our bodies and healthy eating helps our brain to function optimally and grow. We will practice healthy movement and food choices in the classroom.
CO-CREATION AND REFLECTION:
Our classroom learning will access classroom reflection and feedback regarding student interest and comprehension of topics. We will focus on student curiosity and knowledge base to help determine the path for learning. We will explore the core cognitive concepts of traditional preschool, however, how concepts are taught and introduced will be determined by observations, interactions and reflections of the students. Reflection is an important part of the assimilation of knowledge and understanding.
SOCIAL CONNECTION AND BEHAVIORAL GROWTH:
Social interaction is critical for brain growth and development. Developmentally, children will ebb and flow in their learning curve of understanding their emotions and their ability to regulate them. This will impact their awareness regarding their surrounding behaviors and emotions regarding themselves and others. All behaviors, including ones typically deemed “negative” are considered learning and growth experiences in a synergistic classroom. As a class, we will co-create a set of expectations using our classroom values as a guide to determine how we will interact with each other. As a class we will use mindful techniques to help us learn and grow in our interactions with each other and within ourselves.
SUPPORT FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS:
We hope to inspire a ripple effect of synergistic learning within our classroom, but also to the world outside our classroom. For the greatest impact on the child’s development and learning, it is important to extend the principles of how to support the child outside the classroom. Parents and caregivers deeply impact what happens inside the classroom. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to co-create a framework at home in accordance with their family goals and values. The greater a child is supported in their quest of learning by giving tools, language and guidance in their development, the greater the amount of learning and brain development that occurs. We will co-create and extend a learning chain to parents and caregivers that helps support their child’s growth and encourages community outside the classroom door.
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