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Academic Overview

Our approach to a negotiated curriculum is a way of meeting children where they are at emotionally and psychologically. It is a way of considering children for their unique self, beliefs, skills and interests.  This approach demands a high level of teacher understanding, involvement and commitment.  Teachers respond to children’s interests and needs by providing an environment that is rich in materials and activities that specifically support those interests and needs.

A negotiated curriculum is one that builds upon the interests of children. Topics for study are drawn from the inspiration of the children, through community or family events, as well as the well-known interests of children (puddles, shadows, water, etc.). Team planning is an essential component for success. Teachers work together to formulate guidelines about the possible directions of a project, the materials needed, and possible parent and/or community support and involvement.

Explore Our Programs

As a school, our goal is to bring out the best in the children and allow them the opportunity to find their voice, and among all else find the rich potential and talent that each child possesses.

Mary Johnson's Children's Center

Mary Johnson's School Age Program

Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School

Orwell Early Education Program

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