The first years of development are so important for all children, as the years of early childhood (defined as age 0 – 8) lay the foundation for the future. We, at Misty Morning Children’s Center, believe that as educators and caregivers of young children it is important to partner with families through the mutual exchange of information so that we can support each child on his/her individual journey through the developmental milestones. We want to make a difference to each and every child.
We achieve our mission and support our philosophy through NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children) accreditation, the use of an integrated curriculum (Creative Curriculum, State of CT Standards, Montessori Influence), providing facilities that are clean and safe, and regular formal and informal communication with families.
Our teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies — from child-initiated learning to teacher-directed approaches– to best respond to children’s learning styles, strengths, and interests.
Misty Morning Children’s Center uses a multi-age grouping, drawn primarily from the Montessori approach. Children learn from each other in a spontaneous manner that supports their independent self-directed activity. Children are placed in classrooms best meeting their developmental needs rather than simply their chronological age. No child develops at the same rate in all areas, so each room overlaps in chronological age. Our classes are divided into the following groups: Infants (6-weeks thru 18 months); Toddlers (18 months – 3.5 years); Preschool (3 – 6 years). We also provide a continuum of care by offering before and after school programs for Elementary School (Hawley, Middle Gate, Sandy Hook).
The teachers at Misty Morning Children’s Center learn about the individual children through observation. Based on observations, the teacher discovers the child’s interests and natural abilities and helps guide them to new challenges. Therefore, not all children necessarily arrive at the same academic milestones at the same time. Misty Morning Children’s Center also uses Ages and Stages® developmental screening tool to aid in creating an environment that supports each child.
At Misty Morning Children’s Center, our discipline methods are based both on the Montessori environment and social/emotional research. In this area, observation plays a large role as well. For example, the teacher observes conflict and guides children to resolve it themselves. The children learn to talk to about conflict with peers and are refocused to purposeful activities where (s)he has observed success.