The experiences and encounters that occur during the early childhood years have a profound effect on children’s later attitudes about self and school and builds the foundation for their lifetime pursuit of happiness and success. Children learn more in their early years than at any other time in life. We strive to incorporate valuable lessons into every experience children have at our Center.
We incorporate the theories of Piaget, Montessori, and Vygotsky in our philosophy. Piaget believed that children learn best when they actually do work themselves. He also stressed the importance of play as an avenue for learning. We provide ample hands-on and interactive activities and “play” is the main focus in our lesson plans.
Montessori believed that children are capable of great concentration when they are surrounded by many interesting things to do and given the time and freedom to do them. Our teachers provide creative, stimulating, and interesting materials, centers, and time for the children to explore, investigate, and problem solve.
Vygotsky viewed children’s knowledge as being made from personal experiences. He believed that children learn from each other. We provide time for children to work, play, and socialize together at our Center at center times, playground, and mealtimes.
Over The Rainbow Early Learning Centers are committed to providing the highest quality experiences through a developmentally appropriate curriculum presented in a nurturing, fun, and creative way and that encourages the power of play. Our curriculum includes literature-based thematic month-long units. Our curriculum focuses on exploration and hands-on, interactive lessons. We provide daily activities that encourage learning, problem-solving, and logical thinking. Daily schedules reflect appropriate practice relative to the age levels of the children. Teachers provide developmentally appropriate and stimulating materials for the children that allow them to explore, manipulate, and problem solve. The Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) are used as a foundation for the development of our classroom curriculum. Our lessons include activities from all the domains listed in the Standards: language, literacy, math, science, social studies, music, dance, art, gross motor, fine motor, and social-emotional. Teachers incorporate our outdoor environment as an extension of their classroom. Our children go outside every day to engage in varying learning opportunities. We also incorporate lessons that promote understanding and appreciation of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. Our teachers provide for each child’s individual learning style, interests, and goals. We have bi-lingual teachers that incorporate Spanish into their lessons.
Our goal is to help children build a strong foundation on which to begin lifelong learning and to launch a positive sense of self, respect for others, and to make a positive contribution to the world.