The Scandinavian School is in close contact with preschools in Scandinavia, and our curriculum is Scandinavian, with special attention to the following aspects:
- We are a play-based school inspired by the Reggio Emilia (see below) approach to early childhood education.
- We adhere closely to the Scandinavian preschool model, which emphasizes the social and emotional growth of a child.
- Our school day is from 9:00am-3:00pm and includes a home-cooked lunch, two snacks, rest time, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor play.
- The school day is conducted exclusively in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Every child will be exposed to all three languages but have an opportunity to focus on his or her home language or language of choice.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on the idea that the children are little researchers; they can and want to understand and interact with the world. A child’s knowledge is brought out and developed by using his or her natural curiosity. Instead of a set curriculum, the themes and projects are guided by the group’s inspiration, interests and needs.
Within this philosophy, teachers are also researchers, there to listen, observe and document children’s work. Teachers guide the learning process by provoking, co-constructing and stimulating thinking, designing projects and finding themes based on their knowledge of each individual child and of the group as a whole.