Cognitive Learning-CL is the process of thinking, reasoning, & acquiring knowledge. In the early years this is done through children's play and self inquiry and is aided by teacher scaffolding and intentionality. NBCC teachers are observers of children's interests and design curriculum and environments that encourage their further exploration and deepened understanding of these interests. This is done through the incorporation of curiosities across curriculums and through direct & indirect instruction all supporting neural growth in:
Math & Engineering- counting, patterning, shape recognition, & building.
Science & Physics- investigations and experimentation.
Reading, Writing, & Literacy- story times, exposure to print concepts, endless engagement with writing/painting tools, physical letter building with wooden lines and curves, and through vocabulary introductions.
Social Emotional Learning-
awareness of others
recognition of feelings
recognition of conflicts
language that resolves conflict
empathy, compassion, & kindness
'Mindful Breathing' practices to calm and self regulate
gross & fine motor strengthening
crossing the midline
eye hand coordination
Anti-Bias Education & Social Justice-
Identity, Diversity, Justice, Action
awareness of similarities & differences
Growth Mindset Education-
fixed and growth mindsets
the meaning and importance of being Persistent, Resilient, & Flexible
the importance of mistake making and their effects on our learning and brains 'neural pathways'
trash and plastic
Inspiring Children ~ Creating Community ~ Building Bridges
Natural Bridges Children’s Center Curriculum At-A-GLANCE