The NPES Preschool curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach which believes that each child is a competent learner. Key components of the approach include:
Active Participant in Learning – Teachers follow the students’ interest in learning and build lessons around their interests. For example, students expressed a curiosity for superheroes during their free playtime. To expand their knowledge, they learned about qualities of superhero characters as well as real life superheroes like policemen and firemen. Students created their own superhero persona complete with costume that was also used to encourage positive peer interactions. A Chicago Police Officer even visited our preschool as an expert.
Emphasize Process over Product in Learning
Art and Nature – Learning is rooted in art and nature through the natural curiosity of a child. We partner with the North Park Village Nature Center for family field trips such as learning about seeds through hands on experiences. Not only do the children have daily opportunities for art exploration, they learn about famous artworks and see the actual work at an end-of-the-year family field trip to the Art Institute.
Visible learning – Teachers use photographs, audio recordings, video clips, and blogging to capture learning experiences inside the classroom. Artwork and written documents created by students are proudly displayed throughout the classroom and hallways.
Read the Curriculum Overview to learn key features of our programming and highlights of important focuses at each grade level.
North Park Elementary School 2017 W Montrose Chicago, Illinois 60618 Phone: 773.327.3144 Fax: 773.327.0331 NPES_info@npeschool.org