We have set up unstructured space and times
with “raw materials” to challenge growth and discovery, as well as structured activities to give the mind something to chew on and digest.
We believe all children benefit greatly from time outdoors
immersed in nature with plenty of space and time to explore, discover and create. It is critical for their development in all areas. Many activities that can be done indoors can be done outdoors, while some activities are best done inside and some best done outside. We fully embrace the integration of outdoor and indoor space and activities as critical for children. We are committed to the Outdoor Classroom.
We have set up an educationally rich environment
with space and time to explore through art, literature, science and sensory activities. Our space is intentionally set up to foster creativity through music, movement, art, as well as storytelling and pretend play. All of our learning takes place through play. We want the children and their interests to lead. We put out materials or activities to feed and engage their interests.
We believe it is the responsibility of the teachers to observe the children
and have activities and materials, ready to promote child-led play. We use an emergent curriculum. We know great teachers are ready and willing to be flexible to meet the needs of each student.
We honor and cherish each age and stage of early childhood.
We believe early childhood should be celebrated and each child seen as a whole person. We will not push children in academics their brains are not ready to process. We work to support each child as an individual and as a member of our preschool community.
We strive to nurture each child
modeling acceptance of each child’s individuality, personality and individual temperament. We believe children deserve our respect and should be treated with warmth and kindness, and as unique individuals with different strengths, weaknesses, personalities, and learning styles.
We recognize each child as precious, valuable and unique.
We treasure each child as an individual with unique talents, creativity and contributions. We gently guide them in expressing these in a way that is kind, loving, and helpful to those around them.