Lupine Lane strives to instill worldly knowledge, practical skills, respect of self and others, self-confidence and a love for creativity in every child. Our prime intention is to guide the whole child using integrated, play-based, experiential education.

Foundation

Whole Child Scope

The foundation considers the whole child, according to their unique developmental level. Our Whole Child Scope is implemented school-wide. The Whole Child Scope encompasses four key areas of development: cognitive, social-emotional, creative and physical. Each of the four categories is then expanded upon further into subcategories with specific objectives relevant to each age.

Cognitive

– Literacy
– Mathematics
– Culture/Language Studies
– Science
– Technology

Social/Emotional

– Interpersonal Skills
– Intrapersonal Skills
– Sense of Community

Creative

– Visual Arts
– Music
– Performance

Physical

– Sensory/Body Awareness
– Gross Motor Skills
– Fine Motor Skills

Key Developmental Goals

The Whole Child Scope is a framework for our Key Developmental Goals. The Key Developmental Goals are based on Key Child Development Theories and current research. These goals are specific to each age range and outline the developmental objectives that teachers will use to guide children toward through topic study. These goals will be outlined each week in the Weekly Intentions, or weekly lesson plans.

 

Key Child Development Theories and Current Research

Key Child Development Theories ensure that teachers guide each child in a developmentally appropriate and intentional manner. We utilize theory from: Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, Louise Derman-Sparks and Howard Gardner in addition to current research. This additional level of justification ensures that short and long-term goals have specific intention and rationale in early childhood development.

In the Classroom

Topic Study

Our curriculum is child-driven. This means individual classes utilize an interest-based exploration to ignite each child’s focus on a particular topic. When a topic of interest is discovered through exploration, discussion, observation and reflection, the class begins an in depth, multidimensional, interdisciplinary focus that lasts 3 to 8 weeks per topic. This approach includes progressive projects, which are supported with relevant and developmentally appropriate daily activities, materials and supplies. These practical, real-world experiences are provided within a caring, supportive environment and balanced with autonomous play experiences that support the topic study. This approach provides children with a balance of structure and freedom so they can fully benefit from their time during their early childhood years at school.

Weekly Intentions

The Weekly Intentions are the intended directions for the class each week. Our teachers develop their class Weekly Intentions using the framework of our Whole Child Scope and The Key Developmental Goals for the age range of their class. This ensures that the four key areas of development (cognitive, social-emotional, creative and physical) as well as the objectives are constantly considered as topic studies unfold in each class. The Weekly Intentions are emailed to families each week as well as posted outside of each classroom.

 

Topic Study Reflections

At the culmination of a topic study, teachers provide a Topic Study Reflection. This document provides an explanation of the breadth and depth of the focus. It illustrates how the Weekly Intentions were manifested, detailing the Key Developmental Goals that were addressed through the progressive project and supporting activities of the topic study. The Topic Study Reflections are emailed to families at the culmination of each topic study.

 

Assessment

Weekly Child Journal

Once a week, teachers document each individual child’s experience with the Weekly Intentions. Teachers provide their account of how the child personally interpreted the Weekly Intentions and are working toward the Key Developmental Goals for their age range. This consistent, on-going, subjective assessment provides an overview of the child’s experiences at school through both written and photo documentation. The child’s journals are in a secure section of our website and emailed to the child’s family each week.

Key Developmental Goals Assessment

Key Developmental Goals are converted into objective assessment tools, with a subjective component since we value both equally. Key Developmental Goal Assessments are completed each semester and presented to the child’s family during fall and spring family/teacher conferences. A digital copy is then sent to the family and retained in the child’s file at school to inform the child’s teacher the following year.

 

Family/Teacher Conference

Family/Teacher Conferences are provided once during the middle of the fall semester and once at the end of the spring semester. At each conference, teachers present the Key Developmental Goals Assessment to the child’s family and discuss the child’s progress overall.


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