Catoctin Sun Nature Preschool & Kindergarten is a progressive, specialized nature preschool program following the Reggio Emilia, project approach method of exploring topics of interest in-depth, over a longer period of time.

Our curriculum philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, named after the town in Italy where it was developed soon after World War II. Reggio Emilia has become a curriculum model of excellence that has attracted worldwide attention.

The Hundred Languages of Children
Throughout the learning process, children are encouraged to depict their understanding in one of many symbolic “languages” – including drawing, sculpture, dramatic play & re-telling, writing, and designing. Graphic representation is one of the key ways that teachers have a “window” into the learning process of young children. Children take part in long-term projects – the Project Approach – with daily opportunities to explore and modify individual and cooperative work.

Read more about the Reggio Amelia method:
What is the Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning?
What are the Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach?