Preschool in Portland, OR 97212
1320 Northeast Brazee Street
Portland, OR 97212
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Irvington Extended Days mission is to support working families, students at public schools and public schools in general as a foundation for democracy. We provide early childhood education and before and after school care for elementary school children onsite in public schools at an affordable price for all families. Our days are filled with art, science, stories and fun. Our teachers have experience in early childhood education and use their knowledge to foster and develop trusting relationships with every child. We help children develop and nurture their natural curiosity and love of learning, in addition to basic school readiness skills. We encourage children to explore their increasing independence and expanding sense of community. In the process, we strive to aid them in becoming life-long learners. IED inspires and nurtures the intellectual and creative promise of each student in a community that observes mutual respect, embraces diversity, and supports a passion for learning.
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It is important that children learn to enjoy the process of learning. We want children to be confident in their ability to master new skills and learn new ideas, to understand that success requires effort, to take pride in their accomplishments, and to retain their natural curiosity. Our goal is to assist children to be enthusiastic, effective, life-long learners.
At IED we support childrens learning with a play-based curriculum, emphasizing the process of learning rather than specific benchmarks that we expect children to meet by the end of the year.
By encouraging children to question, hypothesize, experiment and solve problems, we help them to develop important critical thinking skills. Your child will participate in experiences that promote active exploration of his or her surroundings. By observing and describing the world around them, and engaging in hands-on sensory activities, children lay the foundation for later learning. We use an integrated curriculum because we believe this is how children learn best. Activities are designed to be experiential (hands-on) and flexible, so that children can approach them in a variety of ways according to their abilities and interests.
What is developmentally appropriate practice?
Developmentally appropriate practice is a phrase used frequently in literature on early childhood education. Often, however, it is not clearly defined. One of the reasons for this is that pinning down exactly what developmentally appropriate practice is can be tricky.
Developmentally appropriate practice is a set of principles, rather than a specific curriculum. The way that developmentally appropriate practice is implemented depends on the early childhood program, the children in the class, the families involved, and the community context. In addition, teachers bring to teaching their own interests and enthusiasms. They may have a certain philosophy of learning or theoretical background that influences their teaching style. Developmentally appropriate practice is compatible with other educational philosophies, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, or Howard Gardners theory of multiple intelligences.