At the CJP, we know that children begin to learn and understand the world around them best through play and experiential learning. Our emergent curriculum is designed to respect each child as a capable and unique individual, to foster the diverse ways in which they develop and learn, and to create a nurturing environment.
We are inspired by various educational approaches including, but not limited to, the Reggio Emilia approach. Our classroom environments and materials are of the upmost importance. Students are often given “provocations” or invitations to learn that are based on themes with an emphasis on the “process” rather than the “product” of the activity.
Our developmentally-appropriate goals are based on North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. These goals serve as tools within our curricular framework to support our teachers in facilitating a student-centered, inquiry-based learning environment that is focused on appropriate learning goals, and opportunities within specific stages of development. Additionally, we use supplementary curriculum such as “Handwriting Without Tears,” “PJ Goes to School,” (a PJ Library partnership), and DISC (Discovering Israel Through Stem Careers).