Ubuntu Communities Approach™ to Early Childhood Education (UCA-ECE)

Defining Ubuntu

Ubuntu (oo-buun-too) – has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa. “I am because you are.” A philosophy of humanism, emphasizing the link between the individual and the collective group. Ubuntu seeks to unite individuals, while respecting their autonomy, for the betterment of the group.


Ubuntu Communities Philosophy Of Learning

Ubuntu Communities Philosophy of Learning is rooted in the recognition of each individual’s self-worth while embracing the importance of the collective group. We believe there is no one right way to learn, and therefore, a commitment to each child’s natural desire to learn is at the heart of Ubuntu Communities Philosophy of Learning. Our goal is to build each child’s foundation for and excitement about a lifetime of learning.

Our philosophy encompasses:
• Child & Group Centered Learning
• Play-Based Experiential Learning
• Academic Curriculum
• Peace Education
• Anti-Bias Curriculum
• Sustainable Environment Curriculum
• Eco-Justice Education
• Place-Based Education
• Integrated Technology Curriculum
• Arts Education
• Movement Education


Plans for PEACE & Conflict

The Ubuntu PEACE Plan is a behavior plan for life. There is no “us vs. them” and no age discrimination in the expectations for behavior. It is universal, for all, and based on the premise that if we use it, we will all experience the fun.

The Cycle of Conflict is a plan that works through conflict in an attempt to bring back the fun.


Curriculum Delivery

Activity Planning Using the 5 E’s

Documentation, or learning stories, provide a recording of children’s experiences, memories, thoughts, and ideas in the course of their work. Teachers use documentation to become increasingly aware of the participation, interests, and development of each child. This awareness enables teachers to plan with the children to create learning experiences in which children will engage with enthusiasm. Documentation can be created using a variety of methods and multimedia materials including documentation panels/posters, models, charts, books, videos, etc. Documentation can include artifacts of children’s works, language from experience (children’s quotes, teacher thoughts), as well as photos and video.

Child Portfolios are collections of developmental milestones and memories. Child Portfolios are maintained digitally through Storypark, which provides an easy-to-use private online service that helps teachers, parents, and families work together to record, share, and extend children’s learning.


The U School Lexicon

The U School’s vocabulary which keeps our daily conversations with children firmly anchored in the U School’s ideals. The Lexicon helps people understand how they can be powerful problem solvers, helps children and grown-ups communicate with less friction, and supports social-emotional development and executive function.

Contact
For rates, questions or general dialogue regarding any of our Training or Consultation services please contact:

Ryan Brown
ryan@ubuntucommunities.com
For Media & Content rates, questions or general business inquiries please contact:

Jackson Perry
jackson@ubuntucommunities.com
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