Creative World School® is committed to providing the best childcare experience for infants through school-age children. We have a unique iSTEAM based curriculum called the 3 E’s which emphasize Education, Exploration, and Enrichment. These three focuses come alive for preschoolers in our unique Exploratorium®, a World of Wonder where imagination rules. We believe that a child’s environment plays an essential part in the learning experience. This belief led us to create the Exploratorium® as a unique atrium space which complements the learning occurring within each of our schools.
Environment is essential to learning, as evidenced in the article, An Environment that Positively Impacts Young Children by Rebecca Isbell, Ed D.
Preschoolers are active learners who continue to examine materials while beginning to use objects in more complex combinations. They are developing symbolic representation as they take on roles and participate in socio-dramatic play. Their language explodes during this period as they try to find “labels” for the objects and people in their world. Language gives young children the power to question and find answers.
Learning centers are effective ways to organize and support these developing abilities. The center areas clearly communicate to preschoolers what activity occurs in this area and the available materials that will stimulate their play. Traditional centers as well as unique centers encourage language interactions, socio-dramatic play, and the construction of experiences based on their level of understanding. By adding literacy materials including books, paper and writing tools, this construction will include “reading and writing” opportunities.
In addition to the centers in their regular classroom, the Exploratorium® houses many large-group and small-group spaces for preschoolers to investigate and experiment with their peers daily. This dynamic and interactive atrium is the foundation for our curriculum and the centerpiece of our building. Our Exploratorium® program recognizes the uniqueness of childhood and the special qualities that children possess as they experiment and explore their world. Today’s children are measured not merely by academic skills, but by their ability to interpret, interact, and adapt to an ever changing future. Drawing on the concepts of Multiple Intelligences Theory, we give children opportunities to enhance and express every dimension of their intelligence by integrating traditional types of learning with hands-on learning. We believe our Exploratorium® prepares children in a unique way by giving them the tools they will need to become active participants in their own education.