Educational Philosophy

Village Green is a curriculum-based school that offers Preschool to children ages 16 months old through Kindergarten and Extended Day /Before and After School Care to children ages 16 months old through sixth grade. We accept children on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to sex, race, color, religion or national origin.

Village Green programs deliver developmentally appropriate experiences and instruction through our unique Comprehensive Curriculum built on the Core Knowledge framework developed by E.D. Hirsch. We embrace the whole child: physically, emotionally and intellectually. Children gain a solid foundation of skills on with which to build their education and futures.

Through discovery based learning and using our large outdoor spaces and playgrounds we provide a place to learn, have fun, and release energy.

In both our Preschool programs, and our Extended Day/ Before and After School programs, the children are continually engaged in activities that are purposefully planned and consistently delivered. Our programs are evaluated and supported by administrators that are themselves educators with many years of experience in the field of Early Year’s Education. The oversight and approval process provided by administration ensures the continued quality and diversity of the experiences we offer.

We know each child. We build on their strengths, promote their growth, encourage their independence, and awaken their imaginations.

Traditional Preschool Comprehensive Core Curriculum:

The VGDS curriculum is designed to integrate the essential elements of various models of early learning. It is a comprehensive, sequential and scaffolded program of learning from preschool through K-1. Montessori, Piaget, Gesell, Erikson, Vygotsky and other Early Year’s subject specialists have influence our teaching and assessment methods. The Core Knowledge framework is based on the ideas presented by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. in his well-known books Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, and The Schools We Need, Why We Don’t Have Them, and further developed by the Core Knowledge Foundation he established in 1986. Cultural literacy is the familiarity with the traditions and knowledge commonly shared by educated citizens in a society. The Core curriculum includes language, vocabulary and common sayings; stories, folk and fairy tales, nursery rhymes and poetry; music and artwork. These components are part of a “culture” and without familiarity with those elements, it is difficult to understand and comprehend meaning. Great Falls Village Green Day School is a Core Knowledge Visitation School. In order to achieve Visitation School status, the School completed a rigorous training and observation process in 2007; we have successfully maintained, and are committed to continuing to maintain the approved Visitation status.