Any preschool can help a child learn letters, numbers, or shapes. At Carpe Diem, we help children learn how to learn. Our curriculum emerges from the child's interest and through experiential learning. We encourage every child to ask "why?" and discover the answers for themselves. Our programs also include character-building activities that teach the importance of fairness, integrity, and honesty. This approach inspires our students to think more creatively and develop problem-solving abilities.
At Carpe Diem, the interactive process of teaching and learning begins with three core principles:
- Children learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel psychologically safe and secure.
- Children construct their own knowledge through repeated social interaction with adults and other children or through physical experiences with objects.
- Children learn best through experimentation and play, which motivates their interests and curiosity.
Carpe Diem teachers take a hands-on approach to implementing a curriculum appropriate to your child's development and maintain ongoing assessments of their progress.
Programs are based on the best knowledge of education theory and research.
Children learn number concepts best, for example, by manipulating and counting real objects, not by completing workbook pages. And with infants and toddlers, we use Joseph Garcia's sign language curriculum with amazing success.
Focus is on individual needs and the group goals of each class.
Our teachers continuously observe and document what children do and how they do it. Everything is done with realistic, attainable objectives, so teachers can plan meaningful activities and inform parents about their children's progress.
We teach self-control, cooperation, and responsibility.
It's most effective through the use of positive guidance and classroom management techniques appropriate for each age-level.
Setting limits encourages good choices.
Distraction, redirection, and active problem solving, as well as the use of natural and logical consequences all contribute to success.
We use encouragement rather than praise.
When we encourage children using specific comments to communicate a supportive attitude, we help them focus on what they are trying to achieve. Praise used unwisely, which lacks sincerity or real interest in the child, can be judgmental and sometimes leads to over-dependence on teacher approval.
Access specific monthly and weekly curriculum information for each class on our Parents' Resource Center website page.