Children’s curiosity about the world around them is a powerful catalyst for learning. The foundation of our pedagogical approach is built on the findings of renowned educational influences such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Malaguzzi, Montessori, Gardner, and others who recognize the profound potential and curiosity of young children. Every day at Vivvi, children experience both child and teacher initiated activities where their individual ideas and questions are valued and respected. Through ever changing thematic units, our faculty supports children’s curiosity and aligns the depth of our work with key learning milestones. The Vivvi learning model, in this way, nurtures each child’s potential by guiding deeper thinking and awareness through curiosity and play.
Our Programs by Age
Vivvi’s infant classrooms are a warm and nurturing world of wonder and exploration with a curriculum that is designed to support the daily development of babies’ minds and bodies. With individualized attention to each infant in our care, our experienced faculty structures a diversity of activities to support growth while maintaining a focus on creating strong bonds in a familial setting where every baby feels secure and loved.
Each moment of a toddler’s day is one of learning as they explore and make sense of the world around them. With the expertise of our toddler faculty, children are provided endless opportunities to grow as individuals as they master new skills and develop unique interests at their own pace. Vivvi believes strongly that toddlers acquire knowledge through active exploration, including walking, talking, climbing, and pursuing their favorite activities. Children experience a predictable yet responsive schedule that fosters each child’s curiosity and momentum while also prioritizing developmental milestones.
Two-year-olds are devoted to their own personal interests. During this year of expansive growth and development, Vivvi educators guide children through purposeful themes to create a deeper perspective about the world they know - from the significant relationships in their lives, homes, and cultures to their favorite activities, songs, books, and other personal interests.
Three-year-olds thrive in settings where they can explore and share real and imaginary stories. With this understanding of three-year-old development, our curriculum encourages children to use their receptive, expressive, and creative skills to express themselves. At this age, teachers observe what materials, stories, and activities children in the class enjoy and develop themes and activities based on the students’ demonstrated interests and inquiries. The selected themes of interest will incorporate all domains of learning to ensure developmental expectations are addressed.
Pre-Kindergarten children are enthusiastic information seekers. Our faculty work collaboratively with students to find answers to their questions through observation, experimentation, and exploration. This in-depth analytic approach provides children with the strong foundation needed to be successful in their next stage of learning. Our Pre-Kindergarten curriculum prepares students for beyond our program with an emphasis on the readiness skills needed for Kindergarten entry. These learning standards will be integrated into all themes of study. At this age, a thematic unit may last a month or longer dependent on the line of inquiry and where the research leads the class.
VIVVI LEARNING DOMAINS
Children enrolled in the Vivvi experience learn through themes inspired by the questions they ask every day. Our faculty facilitates each child’s success by observing their interests and organizing projects and activities inspired by those interests that are simultaneously aligned to learning standards across multiple metacognitive, academic, and physical skill sets. This fosters each child’s natural curiosity and encourages them to dive deeper into interests that they care about (a key to being a lifelong learner!).
For example, in a three’s classroom, students’ interest in a bird’s nest observed at the nearby park could lead to a month long investigation into hawks. The children will read about migration for literacy, build bird’s nests in art to develop fine motor skills, and map out the parts of a complete habitat for scientific reasoning.
Key to this method of meeting curiosity and standards is the Vivvi map of development domains, which can be seen below.