Each child is a unique individual, with his/her own rate of development, temperament, personality, learning styles, strengths and challenges.
We believe in the “unhurried child”. Each child passes through the same stages of development, in the same order, but they do so at their own rate. They must have time to complete each stage, experiencing a rich variety of developmentally appropriate opportunities.
A program should stimulate curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity and critical thinking.
The Unhurried Child
At the preschool level, the process is of utmost importance, rather than the product.
Attempting, sometimes failing, practicing, and acquiring new skills enables children to develop competence and a positive self-concept.
Children learn most effectively through relevant “hands on “ experiences and given plenty of opportunity to explore, manipulate, and discover as well as observe, reflect, and question.
Aquiring New Skills
Children gain independence through a thoughtful separation process that gives them the tools they need to learn how to take responsibility for their behavior, choices, and impact on the class as a whole."
Encouraging children to feel their full range of emotions, be it happiness, sadness, anger, jealousy or fear, is a very important part of the child’s being.
As children learn about their feelings, they can learn appropriate ways of expressing them. This self-awareness also leads to an awareness of the feelings of others and the development of empathy.
We focus on children learning the socialization skills necessary to prepare them for kindergarten and society; emphasizing mutual respect, compassion, cooperation, self-regulation and problem solving and conflict resolution, to mention a few.
Social and Emotional Growth
Children learn at an early age to celebrate the many differences and similarities among the people of the world. This must start in the school, the child’s world.
"The physical environment affects the behavior and development of both the children and adults in the school. A clean, well-organized, and thoughtfully designed school awakens a child's curiosity, unleashes exploratory thinking, and helps the child discover new ways to engage his or her rapidly expanding world."