MiVillage provides a well-balanced, child-centered, emergent curriculum to all children. The curriculum seeks to nurture children's development in all four areas: social, emotional, cognitive and physical. Teachers use their expertise in child development and their observations of individual children to carefully curate appropriate learning activities. The curriculum model is "open" in that children are provided activity times to further their own interests and motivation to learning. The outdoor activities are considered to be equally important to the indoor and are carefully planned to support specific developmental goals for each child as well as the group as a whole. Each child's progress is noted daily by careful staff observations and future curriculum is planned accordingly.
Additionally the following core values guide our work with children:
Mindfulness - Mindfulness helps children to understand their emotions and feelings, reducing their risk of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Practicing mindfulness helps children to notice the positives, and develop a sense of appreciation, gratitude and contentment.
Innovation - Innovation goes beyond the basics by combining a variety of disciplines to come up with a new or different outcome. Knowledge of the basics is a starting point. Students use knowledge and concepts to find solutions by exploring until they find the best answers.
Vision - Children using their imagination to see the future is important because it gives them a sense of purpose that can improve their confidence and build their self-esteem.
Independence is about learning to do things for oneself, which includes making decisions and taking on responsibility.
Leadership - Leadership skills allow children to have control of their lives and the ability to make things happen. Leadership instills confidence, and helps children solve problems creatively, work in a team, and work collaboratively with others.
Lifestyle - Children learn ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, including eating nutritious meals, as well as getting plenty of exercise and adequate sleep every day. These positive health habits will help children grow strong and stay healthy.
Acceptance - As children's social skills ripen, they develop "people skills" that will aid them in shaping positive encounters, working in groups, and inspiring others. Kindness, tolerance, and empathy are qualities that children develop over time through observation and practice.
Growth - Growth refers to the health development of the whole child including the child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social improvement.
Empathy - Children with empathy have stronger personal connections and more meaningful, supportive relationships. Empathy drives thoughtful problem solving, collaboration and the development of healthy relationships.