Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it.Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical).
Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience.
In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example.
As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe.
The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc).
The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus.Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies.The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.Tucked right behind the hustle and bustle of the up and coming neighbourhood at the corner of Cambie and SW Marine Drive, this CEFA Vancouver location features indoor play areas, naturalistic outdoor play spaces and much more. Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play.An in-house Chef prepares delicious, healthy meals daily, and children are led through different extracurricular activities such as Music, Drama, Visual Arts, and Yoga. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school.“Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition.