We believe in empowering children with child-centered, interest driven curriculum. We strive to create meaningful, developmentally appropriate activities that reach a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. It is not enough to demonstrate the right answers but to guide for deeper understanding. We search for ways of being with young children, facilitating their learning and exploration rather than directing or doing for the children.
We provide hands-on classrooms that encourage learning and create opportunities to foster growth and excitement in the learning process.
In the classroom, we use three basic formats: exploration, circle time, and some teacher directed activities.
During exploration, children have free choice of activities. When children are allowed to make their own choices it helps gain confidence in their ability to make decisions and take responsibility to do so.
Circle time can incorporate a variety of shared activities. The class may meet to discuss and reflect on new ideas, work can be shared and new topics introduced. Activities may include singing together, listening to stories or participating in a shared reading or writing activity.
Activities initiated by the teacher may include the suggestion that all children pursue the same investigation or they may choose from a number of designated tasks. The children often can choose to work alone, with a partner or in a small group. They are also encouraged to choose the materials they wish.
Together these types of activities provide a balance of child-initiated play and structures investigation.
We also incorporate science, music, cooking, and outdoor play into our curriculum.
In addition to creating an appropriate physical and child-centered environment, it is important to create a joyful and playful environment that supports the child's seriousness of learning and their expectations that their attempts and partial successes will be celebrated and will lead to further success. A child's emotional involvement, often shown through joyfulness, is an important part of a child's success. Emotion drives attention, which drives learning and memory and then creates a positive environment for learning for the future.
"Your child is unique. Each child's learning and growth rates differ from other children the same age."