"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood."
- Fred Rogers
(approximate ages 5-7)
The Explorer Studio is a nurturing environment that fosters learning through play. The focus is on cultivating the belief that learning is FUN! The program and approach are designed to inspire curiosity, develop collaborative habits, and build independence.
Acton Marietta takes inspiration from Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Loose Parts Play in the creation of the Explorer Program's design.
Why is play so important?
Play is an integral part of learning in the Explorer Studio. To this end, our youngest Eagles have extended outdoor playtime as well as learning through play while inside. Games, cooking, hands-on learning, creative projects, and experiential learning help maintain a sense of play while learning foundational concepts.
All studio schedules are similar in that the day is broken into independent work cycles, collaborative work or play cycles, free time, and community building activities.
Sample Explorer Schedule
8:30 Morning Circle (Calendar time and launch)
8:40 Mindfulness/Read Aloud
9:00 Learning Lab (open Montessori-based work time)
1:00 Outside Playtime
3:00 Read Aloud
3:15 Pack Up/Studio Maintenance
3:25 Dance Party