A Reggio-inspired, "emergent" educational model

Glen Leven's curriculum emerges from the curiosity of the children, as modeled by the Reggio Emelia approach to early childhood learning.

Our teachers follow the children's lead and frame their learning.

Elements and implementation of Glen Leven's child-centered curriculum

Using the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards as a developmentally appropriate guideline, and incorporating the importance of learning through play while following the children’s current interests, we will develop our emergent curriculum by:


The environment supports the children intellectually as well as emotionally, preparing them for years of successful learning ahead. The teachers will do this by:


The basic steps to achieve all this are:



Download a copy of our curriculum elements:

Elements and implimentation of the Child-Centered Curriculum..pdf