Young children learn by doing. Providing hands-on experiences for children allows them to grasp concepts which lay a solid foundation for future learning. Children learn by exploring items in their surroundings. Through this investigative process, children learn math and science concepts, language skills, fine-motor control, sensory-motor skills, social skills and so much more.


An early childhood teacher must be sensitive to the many ways in which children learn. It’s not just providing the experiences that makes an early childhood classroom a success, but the manner in which those experiences are provided. A successful classroom is one in which early childhood teachers understand the developmental needs, strengths and temperament of each child. It is through understanding the whole child that early childhood teachers are able to provide experiences in a manner that is engaging and understanding for all children. 


At Elmhurst Academy, we have developed a curriculum approach which leaves room for our early childhood teachers to differentiate lesson planning within each classroom based on the individual strengths, needs and developmental stages of the students. Within these units, Elmhurst Academy adapts philosophies from.... 


Reggio Emilia Approach


Nature Explore


Theory of Multiple Intelligences


The Project Approach



Within all these curriculum models, there are core philosophies that hold true...
  1. Children learn through talking and asking questions

  2. Children learn by doing

  3. Children have many learning styles and these should be respected

  4. Children learn through interacting with peers and adults

  5. Children should be active participants in their learnings