CONNECTION TO NATURE AND NATURAL MATERIALS
Conner Prairie owns over 1000 acres – including woods, 3 miles of river, ponds, multiple breeds of animals, historic tools & trades studios - in which kids can play, imagine, and ignite their curiosity. Our environment, both inside the preschool and outside on the grounds, acts as “another teacher”, providing limitless opportunities for children to immerse themselves in nature and grow as independent thinkers.
UNDERSTANDING THE IMAGE OF THE LEARNER
We believe children are capable beings and should be provided opportunities to activate their innate desire to explore and wonder. Children construct their own learning facilitated by the adults around them. Children are strong, intelligent, empathetic, important, and powerful.
UTILIZATION OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Curriculum emerges through documentation and observation of play and dialogue. From these experiences and interactions, projects are cultivated and encouraged for days, weeks, or even months at a time as children are engaged in solving problems and answering questions.
ALIGNMENT WITH INDIANA'S EARLY LEARNING FOUNDATIONS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM STANDARDS
Our program and environment meet the NAEYC standards. Each day, and throughout each learning experience, multiple early learning foundations set by the Indiana Department of Education will be met.