"I tried to teach my child with books,
He gave me puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words,
they passed him by, often unheard.
Disparingly, I turned aside,
â€œHow shall I teach this child?â€? I cried!
Into my hands he put the key,
â€œComeâ€?, he said, â€œplay with me!
Our philosophy stems from the legacy of constructivist visionaries of learning such as John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget and Howard Gardner upon whose teachings the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education is founded. The Reggio Approach envisions children as active protagonists of their own learning; teachers as co-authors of children's learning process as well as authors of their own professional development; and families who co-participate in and are co-responsible for the development; of their children.
We foresee a learning environment where life long learning, critical thinking, joy and high self-esteem are honored as capabilities of every child. The joy of learning is fundamental to our philosophy of preschool education where the experience of learning is carried out in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere.
Our child-centered program builds upon children's prior experience and knowledge. We believe that children are better at constructing their own knowledge, than we are at teaching them. For this reason, play is highly valued in our program.
We believe that play provides children with opportunities to explore the world and use their multiple ways of learning to make decisions in a risk free environment. We celebrate each child's uniqueness and respect each child's cultural diversity and perspective of the world. We take advantage of every child's uniqueness to teach and learn from one another and thus, build a strong community of learners. Our understanding of the human brain in the process of learning leads us to believe that learning should be relaxed and fun. Through a variety of activities, we intend to facilitate the integration of both hemispheres of the brain. Our program helps children expand their curiosity and imagination.
A child's emotional state is a powerful learning influence. Therefore we believe that each has the right to experience success from the beginning of his/her life. The best way to achieve this is by highlighting children's strengths, which will consequently promote the development of unexplored areas. Our program builds on children's self esteem and emphasizes creating a positive emotional impact to create life-long well-adjusted learners.
As adults, we view ourselves as lifelong learners as well. Therefore, the best way to teach children is when children teach us how they learn. In other words, there is not â€œone right wayâ€? to teach all children. Because each child learns differently, our staff will work as a team to approach each child's learning style individually.
Excerpted from the preschool's website