The Stepping Stone School Calendar of Curriculum Themes™ is our unique in-house program based on 40 years of direct teaching experience and interacting with children, but also on the finest and most up to date research and best practices regarding how children learn, grow and develop. The best thinking of world renowned early childhood education experts such as Piaget, Montessori, Reggio-Emilio, and Vygotsky permeate the entire program.
Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist known for his pioneering work in child development
This program guides our talented professionals as they implement our Platinum Learning for Life™ play-based learning curriculum in a consistent, and effective manner.
The Calendar of Curriculum Themes™ is based on the themes which take place annually throughout the year which provide learning opportunities for children in all age groups. We provide teachers with suggested content emphasis for each month which is based on the best in early learning traditions and follows the guidelines for accreditation as established by NAEYC.
The monthly themes flow in a sequential manner beginning with a focus on the child. We concentrate on each child’s development of self-esteem, moving on to the family, the community and the Earth. We call this our Circle of Esteem™.
The number of learning plan topics available to our educators is limitless. We encourage our teachers to use their boundless imagination and creativity to make each weekly learning plan unique and focused on the developmental needs of the individual children in their classrooms.
Unlike the canned curriculum programs used by our competitions, national chains and franchises, Stepping Stone School truly takes the developmental learning of each child into consideration daily.
Montessori came to believe that acknowledging all children as individuals and treating them as such would yield better learning and fulfilled potential in each particular child.
Parents are a vital component to the Reggio Emilia philosophy; they are viewed as partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. Teachers respect parents as each child’s first teacher and involve parents in every aspect of the curriculum.