Preschool in Edmonds, WA 98020
9521 240th St Sw
Edmonds, WA 98020
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Crescendo emergent curriculum comes from the developmental needs and interests of the children. We support the belief that curriculum planning should sustain themes that are relevant to and reflect the needs of children. Being patient, being real and truthful, and listening to all our children, is a gift that is given to us. This always has and always will be the Crescendo philosophy. We commit to finding ways for children to solve problems together and to evaluate themselves, exploring their ideas through art, sculpture, writing, dancing, music, pottery, painting and much more. Children learn with their whole bodies and big feelings.
We are researchers, friends, and family to them as much as we are their teachers. We teach that much can be learned from our every day lives and from our many cultural experiences. Crescendo places a heavy emphasis on preparing for and keeping up with their elementary school experiences with artistic creative ways of learning and those ever helpful interpersonal skills! Crescendo’s discipline style is very positive and places a great deal of emphasis on honoring the children’s feelings while establishing firm and loving limits. Crescendo assumes the children want to be good, and they rise to the expectation!
What is our three-years elementary interdisciplinary approach? Students at Crescendo are in two multi-age classrooms and typically spend three years with the same core teacher, and six years growing with the same friends. In multi age classes students learn with and from each other. Interdependence counts at least as much as independence as Piaget quoted. Educators at Crescendo allow students to work at their own pace and interests plus support them to celebrate one anothers progress.
Documenting & Assessment through Reflection:
We, Identify strengths and challenges by self setting goals. In order to monitor progress and improve as teachers and students, it is important to document progress overtime. Exhibits, documentaries, concerts performances, presentations before audiences and student / teacher / parent conferences help to document and assess student learning. Writing samples, structured observations also contribute to establishing a childs progress.
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Our program is unique in that it stresses the arts and culture for Primary and Elementary development, much like the Reggio Emilia, Perkins and Montessori School programs, but with a heavier emphasis on Music, Cultural Diversity, Dancing and Drumming. Founder and Curriculum designer, Teacher “Fanovitch”, has traveled the world, studying and performing with the Kirov Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet and even the tribes of Burkina Faso. She periodically worked with all the aforementioned schools and curricula. She brings a wealth of world experience to her teaching style.
Our Team’s intense education and arts development background combine to make our program truly one of a kind. The first 8 years have been proven to be the most important in a child’s development and educational future. We believe that it is during this time in a child’s life, that exposure to the arts, such as music, drumming, dance, drawing, creating and other cultural studies such as foreign languages, increases the child’s complete learning abilities. This “artistic” and “cultural” exposure gives these children not only a stronger creative ability, but a greater understanding and enjoyment of all learning. Fanovitch is finishing writing her autobiography “Dancing to a Different Drummer”, and her philosophy papers for Education and Educators Learning called “Earth Intuitive Learning”
Here is How we demonstrate Crescendo s philosophy:
We do use Open-ended questioning that requires descriptions, predictions and planning, explanations relating to the students experience.
We provide feedback, encouragement, evaluations through achievement only, thinking aloud, clarification, interpretation of meaning, discussion of information, acknowledgment of knowledge.
We use cognitive structuring, giving rules, logical relationships, sequencing medium demand evaluating contradictions medium support, holding in memory, restating goals summarized and reminders. Our task regulation, is matching interests and experience making more concrete redacting alternatives simplifying, instruction, is modeling orienting direct questioning, eliciting and of course co- participation.