Preschool Centre (Orewa)

Astron room

Astron means "Seen and Heard"

Astron room caters for our 3 year old explorers. Our aim is to develop a programme where children can pursue their own learning goals and to trust their own thinking when making choices. Our emphasis is placed upon the development of children's dispositions, skills and attitudes to be able to ask their own questions and search for their own meanings. Our learning spaces are intended to provoke and to fulfil the interests of both individual children, and children in groups.

We undertake project work based on children's interests to support them to uncover the answers about what it is they want to know. When children work on a project of interest to them, they will naturally encounter problems and questions they will want to investigate. Engaging in projects enables children to go in depth with their learning. Children are born explorers who have the desire to learn and to find out about how things work in the world they live in.

Each of our preschool rooms have an in-built 'Atelier'. The atelier expresses an image of the child as capable of finding their own answers if given the tools or 'languages' through which they can freely express themselves. Gandini (2004) described the atelier as "an added space for searching, or better for digging with one's own hands and with one's own mind, and for refining one's own eyes, through the practice of the visual arts".

Stellar room

Stellar is the Latin word for "stars"

The learning spaces are designed for individual and small group experiences, supporting the development of a wide range of relationships and communication styles. The setting allows for experiences to be constantly revisited and re-discussed. The children's interests are carefully analysed, interpreted and further provoked by the Stellar teaching team, allowing for in-depth project investigations to take place.

Each of our preschool rooms have an in-built 'Atelier'. The atelier expresses an image of the child as capable of finding their own answers if given the tools or 'languages' through which they can freely express themselves. Gandini (2004) described the atelier as "an added space for searching, or better for digging with one's own hands and with one's own mind, and for refining one's own eyes, through the practice of the visual arts".

Our aim is to reinforce strong, resourceful children who are quick and independent thinkers. These children can think for themselves as well work within a group, negotiate, accept difference, and find shared solutions to problems. Project work allows children to gain control over their learning and thus gives them the ownership over what happens and how in the programme. When children are empowered in this way, they are more likely to actively participate and carry on with a task from beginning to end.

Supporting children's transition to school, the Stellar teachers skilfully capitalise on emergent learning opportunities, continually supporting the development of children's learning dispositions, allowing them to succeed academically, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

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