This column from Lower School Head Christine D'Alessandro was featured in the Education section of the Greenwich Sentinel. To read it in full, please visit the Greenwich Sentinel website.
With school back in session, those of you with pre-school and elementary aged children have likely stopped into your son’s and daughter’s classrooms for a Back-to-School Night to experience what happens there on a daily basis. In a room full of colors and textures, reading nooks and games, and projects with crooked sentences arching off the page, it can be hard to visualize what academic excellence looks like for these early learners. But academic rigor is not only present in the classrooms that serve our youngest students, it defines our teaching methodology.
Just like a sophomore student might add elective courses in her areas of greatest strength and interest, so too do we as early childhood educators customize our curriculum to both challenge our students and align with their developmental needs. Offering a truly differentiated approach to learning, where teachers and curriculum adapted to the individualized needs of each student, is what sets quality early childhood education apart. There is no academic ceiling, so we can bring the curriculum to them, and each student can achieve at his or her developmental level.
To continue reading Christine's piece, please visit the Greenwich Sentinel website.