“Let the children come to me….” Matthew 19:14a
TreeHouse is designed to allow children to actively construct knowledge as they interact with their physical and social world, under the guidelines of Project Construct. Project Construct is a process-oriented curriculum based on the premise that children grow and obtain knowledge through their interaction with four major domains : socio-moral, cognitive, representational, and physical. The major goal of this program is to foster the development of a child’s moral and intellectual autonomy. Moral autonomy is the ability to make decisions for oneself and to regulate one’s own behaviors, without constant monitoring by others. Children will become self-directed. Intellectual autonomy is the freedom to think; to come to knowledge through many avenues. Children are encouraged to experience, discover, observe and form their own conclusions.
Teachers guide and facilitate this growth by providing needed motivation, praise, and re-direction. The environment is structured so that children are successful. The teachers are sensitive to the world of the young child and through this world, together, new doors of imagination, learning and friendships are opened.
Four principles that are integral to Project Construct and guide the curriculum and assessment are:
- Children have an intrinsic desire to make sense of their world.
- Children actively construct knowledge and values by interacting with the physical and social worlds.
- In their universal effort to understand the world, children’s thinking will contain predictable errors.
- Children’s development is an interactive and interrelated process and spans the Sociomoral, Cognitive, Representational,and Physical Development domains.
"…And sometimes when the classroom is so noisy and buzzing with activity, I just have to stop and remember that in here there is no boredom, no aimlessness, and no blind obedience. I know my children are thinking, and that’s the best preparation I can give them for today as well as tomorrow."