Early childhood teachers at Hampstead Academy believe that early childhood is a crucial time for students to build an understanding of the world around them. Young children are naturally curious, creative, and caring, and we support those natural tendencies by practicing respect, tolerance, and acceptance of a diverse group of students through integrated, developmentally appropriate programming. Our students benefit from a rich learning environment and attend enrichment in Chinese, science, performing arts, MakerSpace, technology, Spanish, and physical education and wellness.
Our thematic, experiential, child-centered play approach to education provides opportunities for all students to think creatively, solve problems, work cooperatively, and to be active decision-makers in their learning. From building grocery stores to building forts in the woods, the teacher’s role as facilitator and guide help extend and challenge individual children’s curiosity, talents, and interests while offering a safe, nurturing, and empowering atmosphere for children’s emotional, social, and academic development to flourish. We believe that partnering with parents provides a positive teamwork approach to helping to understand and further develop the whole child and to begin to build a solid foundation for a love of life-long learning!
Goals for Our Early Childhood Program:
Develop children’s innate interest in the natural world around them by immersing them in active, thought-provoking outdoor learning experiences that help them ask questions and to make connections between themselves and the environment.
Encourage emotional development by providing coaching guidance in self-regulation skills and ample opportunities for children to verbally express questions, thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
Learn to recognize, respect, and accept the questions, thoughts, ideas, and feelings of others.
Build a positive self- image by offering stimulating, sensory-rich hands-on learning opportunities that help each child meet with success.
Foster responsibility for oneself in self-help, health, safety, and independence skills.
Enhance creativity and stimulate divergent thinking by providing a wide array of new and recycled materials to manipulate, and by offering an abundance of art, language, music, and movement experiences.
Develop gross and fine motor skills through a variety of indoor and outdoor play and learn opportunities crafted to build children’s personal strength.
Promote tolerance, acceptance, and respect through a diverse, anti-bias, collaborative curriculum and atmosphere with parents, students, teachers, and community.
Facilitate cognitive development by broadening children’s experiences through sensory-rich activities that are constructed to increase knowledge of concepts and skills.