My Educational Approach

While "academics" are an important part of education in every child's life my goal is to get away from traditional methods of teaching early childhood by allowing children to learn from everyday experiences through a balance of open ended and directive oriented activities where the process, not the result, is the main focus while I provide hands-on support, resources, and guidance.


Throughout the normal day I offer play-based pre-planned activities as well as opportunities for open-ended free play to practice and develop important life skills from the following developmental domains:

Infants & Toddlers

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Perceptual & Motor Development

Preschool Age

  • Social-Emotional
  • Language & Literacy
  • Mathematics 
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Health
  • History-Social Science
  • Science
  • English Language Development 
       (for ESL learners)

Philosophy

We believe in allowing young children to be free to explore their own interests and to be allowed to make choices for themselves.  All children should be treated respectfully and in the way one would want a child to behave.  If one wants a child to be patient then one must be patient with the child.  I also believe in encouraging and trusting in children's abilities so that they may have the confidence to try new things and master skills.  I prefer a curriculum where the majority of the activities are open-ended and based on play.  Children will have the majority of their young and adolescent lives to spend seated in a classroom working from academic worksheets, in my program young children are allowed to move freely. play and explore.