- Giving children choices to make on their own helps build self awareness and establish sound judgment.
- Children should be encouraged to follow their interests. Adults help best when we support and encourage.
- Young children’s fantasies and imaginings are their most developed ways of representing their lives and feelings. We notice and learn from this kind of play, and encourage it.
- Young children learn with their whole bodies. Getting messy with finger paints is just as important as playing dress up or running and tumbling.
- We view discipline as another form of teaching. We find positive methods to teach children what it means to live and play with others. We help children make appropriate choices through instruction, practice, support and recognition.
- Children gain the security that extends beyond the school itself. A community is built when the parents share their talents, knowledge, and time with the school.
- Parents gain mutual support from each other through caring for the children and sharing responsibilities and concerns.
Objectives for Children
Our program strives:
- To value each child as a unique individual with a distinctive learning style and personality.
- To enhance the self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence of each child. When our children feel good about themselves, they are ready to tackle future academic challenges.
- To promote the cognitive development through self-motivated and self-paced learning experiences that involves interaction with a rich and varied learning environment. Excessive pressure to learn letters, numbers, or reading has not been shown to produce a long-term advantage for children and can cause unnecessary stress.
- To encourage the development of divergent thinking skills. The child puts art materials together in his own way, rather than in a way suggested by the participating adult or by a model made by an adult.
- To promote communication skills through talking with many interesting adults and children, learning to negotiate a “turn” with a wanted toy, and fostering a love of books and stories.
- To develop competence and independence, which includes the ability to carry out a task with a minimum of adult intervention. We encourage our children to do as much as possible themselves, keeping in mind reasonable developmental expectations.
- To develop social skills by providing children with an abundance of opportunities for social interaction. It is through interactions with others that children grow intellectually, socially and personally.
- To become aware of and to develop a respect for people different from themselves.
Objectives for Parents
- To develop realistic age level expectations from knowledge of typical childhood behavior and growth.
- To clarify child rearing values and attitudes and to explore methods of positive child guidance.
- To learn about the physical needs of family members, including nutrition, safety, first aid, childhood illnesses, exercise and stress management.
- To experience and understand the role of parent involvement in maintaining quality learning environments for children.
- To develop skills and practice in teaching young children in the following areas: Art, science, concept development, language, music, motor skills, and cooperative play.
- To share support, consultation and resource information concerning childrearing and family life.
- To develop skills in group organization and leadership.
- To develop and/or increase confidence in managing the demanding role of parents in a changing society.
- To strengthen family communication and positive family growth.