-Our goal is to develop the whole child, focusing on their physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, and social development. With this in mind, we incorporate current research to provide the most complete and inclusive preschool education available. We do not believe any one method to be the complete answer to early childhood education. Here is how our philosophies match up with some styles you may be familiar with:
Montessori: Our classrooms are child centered, with the teacher acting more as a learning facilitator than the source of knowledge. Children are treated as responsible individuals and learn to manage themselves. We maintain a daily routine so children know what to expect and what is expected of them.
Reggio: We believe in hands-on, discovery-based learning that allows a child to use all of their senses in their quest for knowledge. Our centers room is set up for self-discovery and learning. We encourage children to follow their innate curiosity, which drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Children are listened to with respect, believing that their questions are opportunities to learn and search for knowledge together. Teachers do not simply provide answers to questions, but help the child discover answers for themselves. This teaches children that they are capable of discovering knowledge, which increases their confidence and natural curiosity. Children are encouraged to communicate openly and effectively with their teachers and peers while learning to listen and respond to verbal and non-verbal communication.
Waldorf: Open-ended creative play is an integral part of our program. Imagination and creativity are encouraged. We do not use computers or television as a teaching tool in the classroom; we believe there is opportunity for this elsewhere.
HighScope: Teachers observe and monitor progress of children and adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the individual child. Our day is divided into routine blocks of time, which include individual, small, and large group discovery-based learning.