Action Plan

Our approach (Age 1 – 6 Years old)

Stepping Stones preschool focuses on the importance of meeting each child as an individual human being, which develops in his/her own special way and that we see the child’s unique potential for processing information in specific ways. Our approach to education caters to each child’s interests and learning styles. We provide a rich environment and a variety of educational choices to help children direct, develop and expand their own interests and unique talents. In addition, we support children in making their own choices both individually and as a group.

We see the child as a natural learner and our daily practices and approaches are also inspired by the Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Orff philosophies.

Following the Montessori philosophy, we see education as a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by just hearing words, but by experiences in which the child interacts with its environment. This joy of discovery caused by doing and exploring develops a strong foundation for the child's self esteem.

Preschool-age children are very active and curious and, they learn with every experience and play opportunity. In fact, the most important learning that takes place in this stage of development comes through play and ‘hands on’ activities. We also believe in what the Reggio Emilia approach calls ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’. Children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. They express themselves through drawing, building, dance and movement, painting, sculpting, pretend play, modelling and music. It is important that we give them enough opportunities to use these languages. By incorporating these activities in our curriculum, we are encouraging their learning and development. Something very important in our daily approach to education is that learning and play are not separated.

In addition, we see the parents as the child’s first teacher. Here at Stepping Stones we encourage parents to participate actively in our community, being part of celebrations and various events and topics throughout the year, as they are a vital component for the children and our community.

As part of our curriculum, music plays a very important role in our daily life. The Orff approach sees the child as a natural teacher of music, feeling comfortable and seeing the music as part of their play. We create an enjoyable environment with room for the individual child to naturally learn music, for instance through play, that could be somehow complex otherwise.

Preschoolers are constantly on the move, exploring their world with exuberance, curiosity, and a seemingly endless source of energy. A child’s capacity for learning in this stage is enormous. They learn and develop from every experience, relationship, and adventure they encounter. At Stepping Stones, we aim to create the space and provide plenty of opportunities to explore objects, the world around them and play in different environments to help develop their imagination and master the motor, cognitive, language and social skills that are essential for future development.

 

Our Classes

The school has three groups: the Polar Bears (1 - 3 years old), the Tiger Cubs (3 - 4 years old) and the Tigers (4 - 6 years old). Each group has their daily schedules with implemented activities, which create stability and predictability for the children. In the morning (7.30-9.30) and afternoon (15.30-17.30), the groups play together, as the children benefit from playing with different age groups. We plan the children's activities with an eye for the individual child, as well as freedom to express and develop the self. All the teachers and children at school are familiar with each other, which creates a sense of family and comfort for everyone at the preschool.

 

The children’s environment

A good children's environment is the essence for learning and development. In order to achieve a good environment, it is important to look at four different environments and perspectives.

The physical environment regards the possibility of movement, space, noise, light, ergonomics and hygiene. The indoor and outdoor physical environment fosters optimal growth and development through opportunities for exploration and learning. The aesthetic environment focuses on the interior design and decoration of the rooms, which have an impact on the children's experiences and actions. The psychological environment is the foundation for how the children feel and interact with each other and adults. A good psychological environment is created when focusing on social relationships, good communication and understanding. The children and parents should always feel safe and the staff should always be apparent, present, engaged, motivated and inclusive. The children's perspective takes into consideration understanding the children as individuals and appreciating their differences. It is our goal to understand, respond and use the children's perspectives to improve the quality of our practice.

Stepping Stones preschool is a small school but with many good resources. We divide the children in smaller groups so they can get more space and attention. It gives the teachers an opportunity to give the individual child more attention. The children decorate their classrooms throughout the school year, which gives them a belonging to their classroom. We study different themes every month, where we focus on relationships, nature, cultural celebrations and the world around us. Furthermore, we have a good and clear communication between children, parents and teachers and the children interact well together. Every morning, all the groups start their day by having circle time, where they great each other, talk about the day, sing songs and do group activities.

In order to provide the best environment and quality of education, we evaluate our children’s environment once a year and implement it in our yearly action plan/curriculum. We do this by observing and evaluating our work, interviewing the children (4-6 years old) and parents. We always try to keep updating and improving our methods; therefore, the staff keeps developing their abilities and finding inspiration through pedagogical methods and other schools.

 

 

Overall Goals

Here at Stepping Stones we:

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Value each child as an individual.

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Provide opportunities for children to gain confidence and a healthy self-concept.

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Understand and meet the developmental needs of each child socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

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Foster an excitement about school and learning.

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Encourage children to become active participants in their learning through experience and exploration of hands-on materials.

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Teach problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution.

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Encourage creativity as inspired by varied child-centered approaches.

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Provide a positive, prepared environment in which each child can develop to his or her fullest potential.

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Encourage parental involvement through open communication and a variety of activities.

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Encourage in children an acceptance of others through the establishment of a classroom community.

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Continuously develop teacher expertise by observation, research, and professional development opportunities.

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07.30 - 17.30

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" Stepping Stones "
International Preschool

Bernstorffsvej 230
2920 Charlottenlund
Denmark

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Personal & Social development

Goal

• To support the individual child in its development.
• To develop a sense of self.
• To have confidence in their abilities.
• To develop abilities to interact and create relationships with adults and children.
• To express empathy and respect for others. 
• To be able to establish communities with others.
• To develop a strong identity that is rooted in their family and culture.


Daily practice

One of the advantages of being a small preschool is that all the children and teachers are familiar with each other. This helps us promote and create a friendly family like attitude at Stepping Stones. From early in the morning, children greet each other and the teachers in a warm way, showing trust and affection. We create a secure and comfortable environment so that we can achieve the best possible conditions for the development of the individual child.

Throughout our daily activities, we make sure that every child has the chance to demonstrate their abilities (during circle time, cooking class, science class, body movement, story time, music & art class) and we praise their efforts and actions. We encourage the children to express their own ideas and to describe themselves positively. Furthermore, we encourage them to interact cooperatively with their peers while playing, reading, sharing materials and doing activities together.

The child’s feelings must be understood and recognized and, children need to feel accepted as they are and for what they are. We recognize the child, his/her resources and feelings and we allow them to participate freely to strengthen the child’s interests and emotions. For example, we do this by being flexible in relation to planned activities. If we are doing an activity about a specific topic, but this topic raises children’s interest in a different area, we follow the child’s interests. Moreover, we guide the children towards confident self-expression in music, meanwhile gaining physical coordination and control of their bodies, voices, inner feelings and emotions.

Being an international preschool and having many different nationalities in our classrooms, we understand and recognize the children’s cultural diversity and cover themes related to nationalities, different traditions, recipes, songs and celebration of foreign holidays.

 

Achievement

The children are recognized and respected as the persons they are, experiencing they belong to a community and have opportunities to build social relationships. In that way, the children are achieving a belief in themselves and their social opportunities. 

 

Language skills

Goals

• To develop communication skills
• To grow an interest in books and stories.
• To promote their listening skills.
• To learn a basic sense of sequence of events and narration.
• To develop their pre-writing/reading techniques.
• To identify sounds and letters


Daily practice

Through activities such as story time, ‘book show-and-tell’, puppet shows, singing rhymes, games and playing, children grow and interest in language and books. Story time is an important activity in our curriculum as we believe it is very beneficial to promote their listening skills, comprehension and vocabulary as we ask questions about the story and talk about it afterwards. Children also gain confidence and become accustomed with the language as they are encouraged to listen and share their opinions and experiences throughout group and individual activities such as circle time. We encourage the children to use sentences instead of individual words as they become more and more familiar with the English language. In addition, we use different tools, materials and methods to introduce the children to the first pre-writing and reading steps, such as learning letter recognition, formation and sounds. The children learn and practice language using fun and engaging tools (playdough, sand paper letters, pompoms, salt trays, and much more).


Achievement

Through our daily activities, children learn about the helpfulness of language and how they can use it in a creative, imaginative, nonverbal and verbal way, for instance while dancing together, playing, singing, reading books to each other and other creative and artistic activities.

 

Body movement (gym, games, dance, creative movement)

Goals

• To achieve knowledge of the social and physical world and themselves.
• To learn through play.
• To express themselves through creative and free movements.
• To gain independence and be able to use their body with independence.
• To learn the importance of good health, nutrition and a proper hygiene.
• To be able to run, jump, grab things and put on their clothes/shoes by themselves.
• To learn the importance of safety.


Daily practice

In order to develop control over their large and small muscles, children are encouraged to use their body through physical activities and games, body movement and music, outdoor play, field trips and, through self-help practices such as going up and down the stairs, cutting fruits and mixing ingredients during baking class.

In addition, they gain autonomy and independence by doing regular tasks such as getting dressed, tidying up, pouring their water in their cups, setting up the tables for lunch, and helping to clean up after themselves when needed. We also promote their fine motor skills by teaching them how to hold the pencil, use age appropriate scissors and do small manipulative activities such as building with Lego and playing with beads.

As part of our curriculum, children also learn about fire safety, first aid skills, health and nutrition and hygiene.

 

Achievement

Through body and movement the child will be aware of and understand their own physical reactions and boundaries. They also become conscious of their own "physical strength" and consequences of their own body. By using their body and gaining control over it, they understand its function and importance of being healthy and safe. Children are free to use their bodies creatively following the music or a story and this helps them gain confidence and shape their personalities as well. Children learn about their bodies and physical environment when they are playing and in motion.

 

Nature and natural phenomenon

Goals

• To experience nature with all senses and experience it as a space for play and imagination and as a space for both wild and quiet activities.. 
• To learn about the diversity in the world.
• To develop curiosity, acquiring knowledge, forming opinions and ability to act in relation to nature and the environment.
• To respect nature and the environment surrounding us and promote awareness towards recycling, gardening and being conscious about nature. 
• To enjoy different activities outside
 

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As part of our curriculum, we focus on themes and activities that teach children about nature, the weather, seasons and different landscapes. We use our daily practices to talk about and explain why nature works the way it does at the same time as they are experiencing it, for example, why does it rain, how do plants grow, etc. We show children how to take care of nature, trees, plants, flowers and animals and involve them in several activities, such as watering our plants and helping with our green house. In addition, we incorporate recycling activities and make art projects out of different materials such as boxes, plastic bottles and nature elements. Field trips also play an important role in the learning process as the child can experience and learn from nature.

 

Achievement

Through outside play, the children will obtain higher strength, better coordination and greater flexibility. Good experiences with nature will give the foundation of respect for nature and the environment.

Our Curriculum

Stepping Stones preschool offers a well-rounded curriculum based on theme activities, exploration, academic activities, free play, group and individual activities. The various activities included in the curriculum are based on varied monthly themes such as the seasons, all about me, space, fire, water, earth, family, people around us, birds, animals, insects, plants and more. All our weekly activities are listed below.

Weekly program and activities

Circle time Every day
Free play Every day
Story time Every day
Academic Activities (Cubs & Tigers) Every day
Outdoor play Every day
Music class Once a week
Baking/cooking Once a week
Body movement Once a week
Creative body movement Once a week
Arts & Crafts Once a week
Science (Cubs & Tigers) Once a week
Exploration class (Polar Bears) Once a week
Swimming (Tigers) Once a week
Theme Every week/month
Danish Every week

Circle time

Circle time is a nice way to start the day. The children greet each other and the teachers. They sing morning songs, talk about what day it is, the letter of the week, the weather, upcoming day and theme, etc. The children take turns on talking and listening. Circle time strengthens the necessary social competence and language.

Free play

During the day, the children have free play without adult interference. Children’s free play is a culture they create for themselves where the goal is not to learn but to be participating in it, for the children paramount and play together.

Story time

Children are encouraged to have an interest in listening to stories and caring for books. It is an important part of our daily routine and it helps develop their listening and language skills.

Academic Activities

Through fun academic activities, the children become familiar with letters, numbers, rhymes and jingles.

Outdoor play

Despite the weather, children play outdoors almost daily. They get familiar with the seasons and the changing weather as they play with mud, water, leaves, snow and nature elements. Children strengthen their gross motor skills, imagination and their personal and social competences.

Music

Children use music as a fun way to express themselves. Through singing, dancing & playing instruments, they strengthen their body impression, language and concentration. 

Baking/cooking

Baking and cooking is one of the most fun, sensorial and messy activities for children. It’s science in action; by measuring and talking about baking times, children learn about basic math, reading and time-telling skills. It also encourages healthy food choices, it builds confidence and creativity and enhances communication as a group.

Exploration class

The focus of the class is the Five Senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. During this class, the children try to identify, compare and classify items as they investigate the world around them.

Arts & Crafts

Through art, kids are encouraged to express their feelings. The children learn to work together in large projects, help one another, and express themselves creatively. They also learn essential fine motor skills that will help them develop in many other areas.

Science

During science class children learn to question and answer interesting and fun ideas and concepts as well as they learn about nature and the world around them. Science involves a lot of talking and listening to others; it develops patience, persistence, problem solving and researching.

Body movement

Through active play, movement and games, children learn to throw, catch, climb, jump, etc. It strengthens their body awareness, coordination and self-confidence.

Creative body movement

This activity invites the children to explore movement through music. They will become familiar with body awareness and rhythm at the same time as they listen to their favorite stories.

Themes

Depending on the age group, each class works with different themes every week or month. Children learn and explore themes such as transportation, animals, work places, hygiene, traffic, friends/friendships, Fastelavn, Christmas and all the different cultures. During our daily routine, we implement activities related to these themes.

There are some special themes that we do every year as a school. In January, the whole school joins to learn about first aid & fire safety for a whole week. In addition, in March, the whole school joins once again to help making Planet Earth a healthier place to be. For one week the children learn about the importance of nature and recycling.

Swimming

Swimming class is offered to children from 4 to 6 years of age with a professional swimming instructor at Kildeskovshallen. The sessions are a fun time for the children to socialize and learn basic swimming skills, such as water safety, how to breathe in the water, move their arms and legs as well as swim underwater. This activity not only helps children develop physically, but it gives them more confidence in different areas of their daily life as well.

Danish

Once or twice a week the children learn Danish through songs and games. They learn to count in Danish and learn simple words such as “god morgen” (good morning) “god dag” (good day). The children (3-6Yr) are also going on field trips where they learn about Danish history and culture.

 

Documentation

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Weekly and monthly newsletters from the groups and office.

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Photos on boards/walls every week/month

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Portfolio for each individual child when they leave the school. Stepping Stones’ portfolio is a big book with pictures of the different activities the child has been participating in throughout the years. It contains their artwork, academics, funny notes, pictures, child’s assessment and greetings from the teachers.

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Yearly evaluations for each individual child.

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