We believe that children thrive in an environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and creatively. By building on each child’s personal strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the world around them as well as develop new abilities and form close relationships. We do not approach learning from a traditional standpoint, but rather follow current research that supports what works best for young children, which is to support their curiosity and exploration, and to meet each child where he/she is. For example, we do not teach Spanish; we speak and live the Spanish language as we guide the children through their everyday experiences. We engage the children through interactive activities created around their interests, and allow them to explore and discover new skills sets.
We are inspired by The Outdoor Classroom Project, Waldorf Education, Montessori, and many more. Working in our Outdoor Classroom and connecting with nature is at the heart of our curriculum. We spend ample time in our gardens and explore all the elements that nature provides throughout the year. Children are encouraged to dig, climb, jump, run, get messy and have the freedom to really play! Research shows that children learn best through meaningful play, and this is how we set our children up for success.
Our approach is one that embraces the principals of community and family because we believe that a strong bridge between the home and school environment leads to effective learning. We believe that children learn best by following their own interests as they are guided in a developmentally appropriate way. Research shows that children who are pushed to perform tasks they are not developmentally ready to do tend to later have problems with school, learning, and happiness. This is why we believe and support each child's thirst for knowledge from a non-traditional approach. Our unique teaching approach, which combines Spanish Immersion, child-centered learning, constructive play, and a progressive philosophy is a great combination to help a child flourish in their early years.