The Reggio Emilia Approach is a system designed to foster strong thinking skills through four guiding principles:

 

  • Emergent curriculum: Children have some control over the direction of their learning; topics for study are based on their interests.

  • Projects: Children learn through touching, moving, listening, and observing.

  • Collaboration: Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children are allowed to explore.

  • Representational development: Children have opportunities and methods with which to express themselves.

 

The primary goal of this method is to create learning conditions that help children develop these abilities through exposure to expressive, communicative, and cognitive experiences.

 

Montessori is an educational method with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

 

Children learn at their own pace, which is accomplished by changing the role of adults in the classroom from teachers to "guides," who allow the children to self-pace their educational needs.

 

Guides have four principle goals:

 

  • The guide will foster the children’s natural spirit and imagination.

  • The guide will encourage the children’s desire for independence and natural self-esteem.

  • The guide will help the children develop kindness, courtesy, and self-discipline to help in assimilating into society.

  • The guide will help the children learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently.

 

Guides are trained to introduce lessons to a class as a whole, but to then focus on working with children as they investigate topics on their own.

 

The Montessori Method excels in offering individualized attention to children in a carefully prepared classroom environment. 

 

Philosophy...

 

At My Country Clubhouse, we believe in a blended technique of teaching young children. We take key elements from the Reggio Emilia approach, the Montessori Method, and the MCC Exploring My World curriculum to create the ideal learning environment for young children. 

 

Research shows that a high-quality early childhood education produces better interpersonal relationships, self-regulation, cognitive understanding, and social skills.

 

High-quality early education and care are crucial for a child’s later success in school and life, and we are committed to providing the best experiences, education, and nurturing care to children enrolled in our program. 

 

One of the most unique aspects of My Country Clubhouse is that parents also benefit from participating. While children are loved, cherished, challenged, and encouraged, their parents find a community of support, ideas, and unconditional respect. My Country Clubhouse is truly an amazing school experience for both child and parent. 

What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?

 

"The child is

made of one hundred.

The child has

a hundred languages

a hundred hands  

hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking. "

 

-Loris Malaguzzi 
Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

What is the Montessori Method?

What is the "Exploring My World" curriculum? 

The MCC curriculum “Exploring My World” is firmly grounded in child development research and theory, and aligned with the learning standards from Texas Pre-K guidelines.

 

Our curriculum is specifically designed to help children build the skills necessary in order to be successful in life. To prepare for their future school careers, children must develop skills necessary for physical growth, reading, math, science, social studies, and other areas of learning. Children must also develop personal approaches to learning, such as asking questions, being persistent in tasks and using problem-solving skills.

 

The “Exploring My World” curriculum is theme-based and provides a rigorous, structured, and purposeful learning plan based on children’s interests both indoors and outdoors. It is non-stereotypical, non-gender biased, and focused on helping children build positive self-esteem, develop creativity, and learn to value cultural differences as they develop the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills necessary for future school success.