"The Whole Child
The "whole child" is our concern. We focus on intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Attention is given to the developmental abilities of the child. We are interested in creating a positive self image for every child at Hopwood. We want them to develop self confidence and a willingness to try new ideas, we want them to learn that they can do many things. We encourage the participation rather than the end result in activities. We promote creativity in their work, with self expression being paramount. We reinforce positive thinking and creative problem solving. We endeavor to look at things through a child's eyes and help them to enjoy and appreciate life.
Learning How to Learn
At Hopwood, we are more focused on setting up the patterns of learning. Therefore, we work with classification, seriation and sequence skills. These skills can later be transferred to the sciences, reading, mathematics and other areas of study. Learning "how to learn" at an early age provides the strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our curriculum fosters necessary reading and writing skills. Your child will learn at a developmentally appropriate pace, not by rote memorization.
Your child primarily learns through his or her experiences. Therefore, we at the Hopwood School & Camp provide as many key experiences as possible so that the child may discover what we as adults take for granted. We provide a tactile environment with a variety of media so that your child can relate and express his or her thinking. We provide a wide variety of situations and settings that encourage fundamental social skills. Thus, the child develops independence, the ability to participate in group situations and the ability to problem solve in relation to others.
As mentioned, the Hopwood School & Camp strives to maintain a balance between the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of its students. National trends in early childhood education bear out what Hopwood has long practiced. Below are just two references that address the need for "balance" in the preschool environment.
- Exerpts from "What's Going On In Preschools Today?" by Judy Molland for Parenthood.com:
...."Children are the eventual losers if we try to pit the mind against the heart," ..."We need to recognize that both are important, and indeed, for minds to learn, the social and emotional preparation needs to be there too."...
Click here to read the entire article from Parenthood.com.
- Excerpts from a summary of "Set for Success: Building a Strong Foundation for School Readiness Based on the Social-Emotional Development of Young Chldren" by the Kauffman Early Education Exchange:
...before children can learn to read, they must learn basic social and emotional skills such as the ability to tolerate frustration and take direction. Kindergarten teachers report that their single greatest challenge is that a majority of the children lack some or all of the needed social and emotional competencies needed to learn...
Click here to read the summary and full report of "Set for Success: Building a Strong Foundation for School Readiness Based on the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children" by the Kauffman Early Education Exchange (nieer.org).
Excerpted from the preschool's website