Apple Playschools FAQs
Part of the Apple Playschools mission is to empower families to make informed decisions. The world of Early Childhood Education has grown enormously in the last 30 years as a significant body of research has been collected and analyzed.
With the unique programs at Apple Playschools, and the progressive education models we implement, we are excited to explore the plethora of information in our field.
We hope you find this information helpful!
What is a playschool?
The term “playschool” aims to describe an environment in which teachers guide the children to learn through play. Playschools encourage a child to wonder, to think, to feel and to imagine, and place a greater emphasis on experiential and social-emotional learning, rather than academic skills.
What is play-based education?
A play-based education allows children to do their learning through play, which is the fundamental and most meaningful work in childhood. Lessons are learned through the process of play, rather than through formal academic learning. For example, instead of memorizing letter and number names, children in the preschool might be encouraged to develop a love for reading through drama, puppetry, reading stories, and maybe even forming letters with sand or clay. Instead of learning formal math, the children might learn basic math concepts through baking projects or making a pretend market stand.
What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
What is the Waldorf education model? Who is Rudolf Steiner?
The Waldorf approach to early childhood education is largely experiential and sensory-based. The emphasis is on providing worthwhile practical activities for children to imitate, allowing them to learn through example. The schedule is oriented around a well-ordered and harmonious daily routine that emphasizes rhythmic experience of the day, week, month, and seasons.  Extensive time is given for guided free play in a classroom environment that is homelike, includes natural materials, and provides examples of productive work in which children can take part.  Outdoor play periods are also generally included in the school day, providing children with experiences of nature, weather and the seasons of the year. Rudolf Steiner is the cultural philosopher behind Waldorf education.
What is Environmental Education?
Environmental education refers to organized efforts to teach about how natural environments function and, particularly, how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystems in order to live sustainably.
What is Emergent Curriculum?
Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest and passions as well as the teacher’s. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility and patience. Rather than starting with a lesson plan which requires a “hook” to get the children interested, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests.
What is Creative Curriculum?
Creative Curriculum is part of Teaching Strategies, a dynamic publishing and training company committed to making a difference in the lives of children from birth through age eight. Their mission is to enhance the quality of early childhood programs by offering practical, innovative, and developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment materials, training services and materials, and parenting resources. At Apple Playschools we use Creative Curriculum to provide structure and support for our teachers when designing learning environments, assessments, and developmentally meaningful lesson plans.
What does child centered mean?
"Child-centered" is a term used in education that means the interests of the child guide the learning process.
What is NAEYC?
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates. Apple Playschools is a NAEYC member.