Summer Camp 2020 Preschool Program at the JUNIOR EXPLORER CLUB

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Summer Camp 2020 is up and running for our Preschoolers!

We understand the challenges families face when trying to find the right program for their children. Given the current climate with the ongoing health crisis, we know this only compounds the existing challenge. That’s why we have taken all the necessary steps to address both the needs of working families and the safety needed during a pandemic. Therefore, we have restructured our policies and procedures and decreased class sizes to accommodate both challenges.

To read more about the changes to our policy from temperature taking to sensitization of the toys and clubhouse, you can find details here.

What is Reggio Emilia?

Our preschool philosophy is thoughtfully designed and planned – and we are doing all this work with the Reggio Emilia approach in mind. What is Reggio Emilia? Reggio Emilia is an early childhood teaching method that views young children as individuals who are curious about their world and have the powerful potential to learn from all that surrounds them. It combines free thinking to stimulate learning in appropriate ways while utilizing the creative environment from nature to traditional classroom elements.


What does this mean? 

Student-centered – develops independence by putting the responsibility of the learning path in the hands of the student; enables lifelong learning and problem-solving skills

Constructivism – students actively create (or “construct”) knowledge out or their own experiences

Experiential learning – learning through experience; hands-on learning with a self-reflection component

The Reggio Emilia principles in a nutshell

  • Kids have input regarding the direction of their learning
  • Kids learn through experiences, including touching, moving, listening and watching
  • Kids explore the world and relationships with other children
  • Kids have infinite ways and opportunities to express themselves

The approach focuses on the natural development of children. Kids have rights and should be given chances to develop their potential, and are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. “Influenced by this belief, the child is beheld as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious and full of potential and ambitious desires.” (Valarie Hewitt, “Examining the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education,” Early Childhood Education Journal. )

The Reggio Emilia approach doesn’t work with a predetermined curriculum and the classroom environment is seen as the third teacher, after the preschool teacher and parents. That is where children hone their relationships and sense of belonging in the world.

We will focus on discovery, experiences and problem solving. Learning through projects, art and communicating with each other.

What does this approach look like?

  • Inviting spaces for children to explore materials with authentic art materials like watercolors, clay and chalk with along with different tools to use like Q-tips, sticks or pinecones.
  • Lots of musical instruments for experimentation, sharing and playing, like bongos, tambourines and bells.
  • Costumes and props for dramatic play, inspiring imaginations and honing communication skills. Cardboard and paints for creating sets.

The great outdoors will also be indoors. In the classroom, you might see rocks, dirt, leaves, feathers – leading to questions, discussions, possible crafts and, ultimately, learning about the world.

At the JUNIOR EXPLORER CLUB, we have a customized learning center both inside the classroom and outside in our 3,000 square foot playground. Currently, we are running our Summer Camp 2020 program with smaller class sizes designed to keep the same children with the same teacher each day. Our clubhouse is 7900 square feet of indoor play with two classrooms specifically designed for the Preschool Program only.

We offer open enrollment all year. If you are looking for childcare options both full-time and part-time, be sure to contact us at 614-516-3325 or send your email inquiries to kelly@jrexplorerclub.com. For more information about pricing and dates available click here.