Our Curriculum

The Children’s Schoolhouse has developed a curriculum over the years that have become known in Early Childhood Education as Emergent Curriculum. This curriculum is built on a trust in the power of play and on the concept that children are active rather than passive learners and learn primarily by doing rather than listening. It espouses the need for curriculum to be responsive to a particular classroom and to draw on parent talents and skills; and therefore the curriculum will look different from year to year.

Teachers are responsible to observe and listen to children, and to manipulate the environment in such a way that children are exposed to all areas of preschool learning (cognitive, social, fine and gross motor, emotional, and creative) as they play. The Schoolhouse has adopted “Pathways to Learning” as a curriculum guide in order to maintain consistency. This is a curriculum guide developed and in use at “Open Door” school in Charlotte. The teachers are familiar with and incorporate the best childhood practices from other curriculum such as Montessori, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, and Reggio Emilio Project approach.

A Typical Day
Meet Our Teachers
Hannah Coggins

Hannah Coggins

Hannah is a teacher, artist, and family-centric individual. Born and raised in Charlotte, she has loved watching the area grow while it remains a wonderful foundation for her and her family. As an artist, Hannah paints to express all the colorful and wild abstractions imaginable, working inward, to achieve a sense of completion. Hannah has also been a preschool teacher for several years. She loves working with children and witnessing their innocence and exciting eyes on the world. In as many ways as she can help, teach, or guide them She enjoys the ways that they continue to teach her.
Tara Stout

Tara Stout

Tara is the lead teacher and joined The Children’s Schoolhouse in 2010. She has become an integral part of the Schoolhouse community and its current curriculum. Tara was educated on the open school philosophy in high school and has worked with children of different ages, for over 20 years. When her children were young she co-founded a cooperative preschool in Boone, N.C. Her daughters have since grown and Tara continues to imprint on children’s lives and share her passions for gardening, cooking, art, and creativity.
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