The Reggio Emilia approach has a saying, “the environment is the third teacher.” The Pembroke Hill early childhood school has embraced this belief through thoughtful planning. All materials, routines and activities in each classroom have been purposefully selected to provide opportunities for children to grow, learn and develop. An important part of the environment is the daily schedule. Our teachers design a schedule that recognizes the rhythm of the students. They carefully balance large group and small group activities, inside and outside time, as well as child-led and teacher-led activities. Our aesthetically pleasing classrooms feature many natural materials, children’s work and words, as well as soft lighting and music.
Each day, Pembroke Hill early childhood students enjoy at least 30 minutes of outside time. The beautiful campus includes not only three early childhood playgrounds, but fountains, sidewalks, sports fields, open spaces and small groves of trees. There are many opportunities for children to climb, run, explore, discover, throw, jump, hide and investigate while playing with classmates or individually.
While we have ample natural spaces for exploration on our own campus, classes often venture off campus to explore the local community, as well. They travel to the gardens and lake at Loose Park, the Plaza, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kauffman Legacy Garden.