The Young School philosophy and curriculum is based on respect for each child’s unique gifts and abilities, beginning from infancy. Our program is child-centered: promoting learning through play, fostering choices and independence, allowing children to develop at their own pace and fulfill their own potential. Our teachers are skilled facilitators of learning and nurture all aspects of each child’s growth.
Our Pre-K curriculum is a broad framework that provides many pathways for academic, social and creative development, as well as the in-depth exploration that encourages higher-level thinking skills in young children. Our unique Pre-K curriculum has been accepted as an Individually Developed Curriculum by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Classroom Areas and Learning Centers
Each Pre-K cottage is set up as a separate area within the cottage for two year old children (depending on birth dates). The rest of the cottage, for three, four and five year olds, is divided into a Project Room and a Great Room.
Every Great Room has a loft for dramatic play, a block platform, and rotating areas such as puppets, sensory, music, dress up, games and puzzles. The teacher in this area fosters social development skills such as negotiating and working cooperatively, as well as encouraging creativity and problem-solving.