Curriculum

Our Curriculum here at Odyssey French English Nursery is based on the WASHINGTON STATE DOMAINS AND DEVELOPMENTAL BENCHMARKS. These standards and benchmarks help us as educators and parents identify children’s knowledge about the real world and more importantly how they encounter new situations, concepts, and challenges. In a few words it is what and how they are learning. Our job in that sense is to provoke, stimulate and help them to make sense of what they are encountering.

It is not about teaching; it is about learning, and they are definitely not the same.

Our nurseries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi believe in a real “Child-Centered Curriculum” since we follow the interest and learning style of the children. We listen, observe and follow them. This is why we take photos, videos and notes about what they do during the day. It is not about creating a photo album of souvenirs. It is about interpreting the exploration, the search for answers, and the wonder of learning.

Real learning is about the experience, the social and situational context according to the famous psychologists like Vygotsky. This is what we call a holistic approach to education. It is not about learning an abstract color or shape, a number, a letter as a pure sign or learning only music or art. It is about a context where those concepts are applied.
“What is the color of the apple? How many chairs do we need for lunch time?” “Which placemat has your name?” Each child might be at a different developmental stage and what seems to be obvious to our eyes is a completely new discovery for them.

“What is the color of the apple? How many chairs do we need for lunch time?” “Which placemat has your name?” Each child might be at a different developmental stage and what seems to be obvious to our eyes is a completely new discovery for them.

The Domains are defined as follows:

Domain 1: Physical Health, Well-being and Motor Development

Domain 2: Social and Emotional Development

Domain 3: Approaches toward Learning

Domain 4: Cognition and General Knowledge

Domain 5: Language, Communication and Literacy

Odyssey French English Nursery’s curriculum planning and execution is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Reggio Emilia is a town in Italy that has been recognized for its innovative approach to education. It is not a philosophy with a set system of beliefs but rather an approach based on the fundamental values about how children learn.

The Fundamental beliefs of the Reggio Emilia approach is:

  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore;
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

With this approach we believe that children have their own voice and rights and they should be given the opportunity to develop their full potential.

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