Preschool Philosophy

We have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and the Suzuki Method. Our goal is to help each child grow and learn in all areas of human experience as it foster cooperation, caring, confidence, action, intellect, knowledge, and inherent motivation.

Every child has potential and is worthy of respect.

Children thrive in a nurturing, supportive, loving environment with adults who care deeply for the child.

Every child has ideas that are valuable and meaningful.

Their ideas, imaginations, and curiosities are a springboard for further investigation. Our environment evolves as children’s ideas are accepted and explored–fostering critical, creative, and independent thinking. When children have the opportunity to express their own ideas, they invent their own challenges, learn to consider possibilities, express feelings and begin to define themselves.

We believe the process of learning and discovery is as interesting and worthwhile as the end result.

We cherish the journey as much as the final destination.

As the children learn, we, as teachers, learn too.

Teaching is about being curious about the concerns of children – their thoughts, fears, dreams and plans. It is trying to imagine the world through the eyes of a four-year-old to help them make sense of experiences. Good teaching wonders, “How does an idea lead to a new question?” It is about what is meaningful work for a child. It is not searching for a right answer. A right answer is a dead end.

When I speak of “teaching,” I do not necessarily mean school teaching. By “teacher” I mean someone who engages learners, who seeks to involve each person wholly – mind, sense of self, sense of humor, range of interests, interactions with other people – in learning.
-Eleanor Duckworth, teaching fellow at Harvard, and author, The Having of Wonderful Ideas