"We believe that each child is born with curiosity and a desire to learn, but that each child has his or her own strengths, learning style, and rhythm. We work to get to know the kids, then challenge them to advance according to their individual needs, not according to group norms.
Children appreciate making meaningful choices and learning is deepest when they are interested and engaged. In the process children learn to make good decisions and take charge of their own learning. In our classroom, kids choose from learning centers providing a rich variety of active, open-ended experiences. These activities give hands-on exposure to topics such as math, language, geography, art, and science. Materials are arranged in an accessible way to help children learn to work independently and responsibly.
Young children learn best through an active exploration of the world using all of their senses. We provide extended blocks of time and a rich, varied environment to stimulate enjoyable, imaginative, and active play experiences. In addition to classroom learning centers, our class plays outside on the playground year round, with access to a gym for physical exercise in especially bad weather.
To build self-esteem, children should experience success each day. We allow children to repeat and practice tasks they are comfortable with as well as nudge them beyond their level of present mastery.
Children learn to be contributing members of society as they participate in a harmonious community of learners. We work to establish a safe learning atmosphere where the feelings of others are respected, risk-taking is supported, and problem solving is accomplished as a group. We also use enjoyable rituals such as family meetings, songs, and reading together to build a sense of belonging and camaraderie.
Self-regulation, emotional expression, and positive social relationships are primary objectives of school during the early childhood years. We support and encourage positive behaviors. When inappropriate behaviors occur, we apply limits firmly and consistently, making sure the child understands why his/her behavior is inappropriate and giving logical consequences. For example, if a child is throwing blocks after a warning and explanation, he/she will be asked to leave the block area and choose another activity. The child will be allowed to return when ready to use the blocks responsibly. We provide abundant opportunities for social interaction coupled with appropriate guidance to build communication skills, problem solving and conflict resolution strategies, as well as moral and ethical foundations for appropriate social behaviors.
We consider it important for children to experience topics in depth, make connections between the disciplines, gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, and learn to view problems from multiple perspectives. We often organize our curriculum around a theme to help accomplish these goals. Finally, as we implement the curriculum described above, we use a wide repertoire of teaching strategies including questioning, modeling, coaching, challenging, encouraging reflection, and observing."
Excerpted from the preschool's website