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.