Reggio-Inspired Preschool with STEaM

  “No way. The hundred is there.”

-Loris Malaguzzi-

The child is made of one hundred.
The child has

a hundred languages
a
hundred hands
a
hundred thoughts
a
hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred ways of listening, 

of marveling, of loving,

A hundred joys

for singing and understanding

A hundred worlds to discover

A hundred worlds to invent

hundred worlds to dream.

Mission & Vision

We believe all children should realize their potential to transform the world, and  in the “hundred-languages” of each child. We define our education as research and believe it is based on reciprocal relationships among children, teachers and parents. We strive to create learning experiences that facilitate each child’s unique emergent interests.

Our program allows students to deeply engage in learning, in a fun and challenging way which provide preschoolers various opportunities for growth in STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Core Beliefs

  • We believe that each child possesses internal resources and talents which need support, time, and quality relationships (with adults and peers) to come to fruition.

  • We believe every child has a "hundred languages," through which he/she can express thought and feelings, questions and doubts, dreams and desires and build knowledge.

  • We believe it is more important to listen than to be heard; more challenging to ask questions than to require answers; more beneficial to scaffold choices than to micro-manage behavior. 

 

In order to cultivate beneficial lifelong characteristics like pro-active communication, group conflict resolution, intrinsic motivation, healthy risk-taking, and resilience to failure, we are deeply committed to intense interventions in each child’s journey. 

Our Program

The first Reggio-inspired and STEAM-based preschool in Fremont area, Olive Children Preschool | Little STEaMers offers a stimulating educational program in a warm, nurturing setting. Imagine your child creating, designing, playing, and learning using a variety of materials, loose parts, and resources. All while a dedicated teacher intentionally asks your child questions to engage them in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math of what they are doing.

Reggio Approach

  • Children, even very young children, are capable of constructing their own learning

  • Teachers and students co-construct knowledge together through inquiry

  • Teachers analyze student understandings and offer invitations or questions that deepen student learning

  • Children are capable of expressing themselves in various “languages,” many of them involving arts or construction, and should be offered the opportunity to do so.

  • Teachers are not “fountains of knowledge”, they are “fountains of questions”

STEaM for Young Children

Innovation and creativity go hand in hand with our developmentally  appropriate  STEAM curriculum. The curriculum will 

  • Engage children with the knowledge and life experiences

  • Teach children to navigate  challenges and generate solutions

  • Develop critical thinking skills, and be a problem solver

  • Challenge children with interesting problems and help facilitate their journey of discovery in solving them.

 

The child is an explorer and researcher of the world. The teacher's role is that of a fellow investigator and partner-in-learning.

Tri-Lingual Languages

Why Little STEaMers Preschool

Role of Teachers

We as Educators are not only nurturers, we are partners, facilitators, observers, and co-learners who have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices

Role of Parents

We will succeed more if we join hands together, we believe that every child can bond stronger with the teachers if they see their parents and teachers are a strong team

Planning of Emergent Curriculum

We plan learning beginning with observations of children in action, then a thoughtful response.

"Child initiated, teacher framed", both have a voice-- therefore curriculum is a collaboration.

The Learning Environment

The environment itself is viewed as a teacher, inviting children into action and guiding them into individual and small group play

Observation and Documentation

We learn best about children by watching them in action and taking note of he learning that they are experiencing.

Areas of Development

Preschool

2.5-4 Years old

Our Preschool class is our hands on, learn by doing classroom.  Preschoolers are active in observing, exploring, and investigating their environment.  Provocations are set in the classrooms for natural learning through exploring their curiosity for learning.  Phonics, Math, Science & Investigation all come together through their natural curiosity.

Pre-Kinder 

4-5 Years old

Our PreK classroom are making the connection between letters and its’ sounds to forming words and words can make a story. Different shapes and sizes are composed of numbers and measurements.  Our PreK classroom is an extension of our exploration classroom and the children are able to document what they are learning. 

TK - Kinder 

5 years old & up

Besides our unique STEAM programs, we implement "High Scope" curriculum to teach English language arts, math, science, social studies, and other content areas using children's literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

Daily Routine

Our daily routine helps children feel safe and secure. Children quickly internalize the predictable order of the day and know they will have opportunities to self select activities, participate in large and small group, as well as interact one-on-one with a teacher. 

Circle Time / Large Group includes movement, music, pretending games and physical fitness activities. In addition to the joy that comes from shared experiences, children build their ability to listen, express emotions and take turns.

Small Groups Hands-on activities are planned and led by the teacher using research based school readiness curriculum resources that bridge to higher learning standards.

Plan-do-Review  We support children’s ability to make plans, carry them out and reflect on them. Our teachers ask children to choose something they would like to do from among the many classroom options and then fully participate with them as they follow through with their ideas. Review follows with a small group discussion of how the plans went, what they discovered and possible next steps.