The philosophy of AUM Early Learning Center is that a child is by nature a curious, active, egocentric, social being who is a person of value and worth. We strive to provide a high quality learning environment, which takes advantage of the natural development of the child, respects the child’s feelings, emotions, and uniqueness, and provides a multitude of concrete experiences that build on what the child already knows. We encourage the child to interact with the activities and materials provided and to investigate and discover solutions to problems at their own rate.
The curriculum for the AUM ELC is developmentally appropriate. Learning centers, such as the Literacy Center, Discovery Center, Block Center, Home Living Center, Writing Center, Dramatic Play Center, Outside Center, and Art Center are set up for your child to freely explore the areas in which he or she is interested. Projects are initiated by the children and are related to various child-centered themes. Large group time is conducted twice daily to encourage a sense of community and for content based instruction. Small group time is conducted with children who have similar needs twice daily. However, the majority of the day, your child chooses where to go and how long to remain in a particular activity. Because the ELC is a multi-age environment, your child may interact with children other than his or her own age. Assessments are conducted regularly and parent conferences are conducted to inform you of your child’s progress.
The AUM ELC is unique because it is a model training site and professional development school for future teachers. This ensures that all curricular decisions are based upon a strong research foundation using the most current findings in the field. The program is nationally accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children. It is important to us that our education graduates have a full understanding of how to work with all children; therefore, the children enrolled are from diverse racial groups/ethnic backgrounds and have varied academic/social needs, with a pupil/teacher ratio of approximately 6:1.
Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a visit, please contact Dr. Sheila Austin at 334-244-3413.
Schedule of Daily Events
(Times subject to change)
7:30-8:30 Centers/Free Choice
8:30-9:30 Outside/Free Play
9:30-9:50 Family Circle/Calendar/Theme
10:00-11:00 Content Centers
11:30-12:00 Outside/Free Play
2:10-3:10 Content Centers
3:10-3:30 Afternoon Family Circle
3:30-3:45 Small Group Instruction
3:45-4:30 Outside/Free Play
4:30-5:30 Story Time/Free Choice Centers