From the Director:
Our program is play based and desinged to promote children's initiative and honor their autonomy. This involves presenting children with quality materials appropriate for their level of development in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, encourages creativity and allows them to build on concepts. Because our teachers see themselves as facilitators, they are very careful not to present models of work to children or ask them for products. All of the activities are process oriented. Creativity is innate, and our curriculum honors that. Child-inititated activities are autonomous endeavors that contribute to cognitive development as children are actively engaged in the processes of making their own colors, balancing their own block structures, pouring their drinks, etc. In their roles as observer, stage manager and mediator, our teachers work to promote resilience and mastery in play. Within the context of a specific relationship, our teachers are extremely thoughtful about how, what and when they speak and act, so that their support of a child is useful.