"Play is the highest form of research."
At Saxapahaw Village Kids we recognize that every child has unique skills, talents, and interests. We also recognize that children are innately curious about the world around them and are capable of tremendous learning and amazing creativity. There are three critical components that we utilize as we strive to meet our goals.
The first is outdoor play. We have a wide variety of natural materials available to the children inside the classrooms and also actively play and explore outside each day rain or shine. We regularly take nature walks that extend into the surrounding area. Our classes work together to plant and tend a vegetable garden each spring, summer, and fall!
The second key component centers on the idea of community. We recognize the fact that the well-being of children is the collective responsibility of the entire community. We embrace the gifts that Saxapahaw has to offer by visiting local farms, businesses, and artists as well as inviting community members to visit our classrooms and share their experiences with our students. We also acknowledge parents as crucial partners and as the first and most important teachers to their children. We actively encourage parents to volunteer and participate in school events.
The third component is the use of interactive and creative teaching methods where children learn basic skills through contextual learning, team building, and utilizing the "hundred languages of children". Our teachers follow an emergent, child-led curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Through daily observations and documentation, our team of educators work to create inspiring provocations in the classrooms that expand on the interests of our students and lead to larger project work.
Students in the Upper classroom have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular opportunities made possible through collaborative partnerships within our community. Relationship building is an integral part of our program and we are honored to work with these organizations.
Movement Monday: Yoga and mindfulness practices with Growga provides essential tools to support physical development as well as social/emotional development.
Wildlife Wednesdays: Interactive experiences with exotic animals as we learn about conservation and preservation with Wild Tails LLC.
Farm Fridays: Each Friday morning in the fall and spring the students in our older classroom are transported to Sprout Farm for a morning of hands on activities with the farm animals and in the learning garden.