Our approach to teaching and working with children embodies these eight beliefs:
- We notice and respect children’s individual styles and temperaments in approaching new people and experiences.
- We give children as many choices as we can in determining their own activity, since making choices on their own builds self-awareness and helps them establish sound judgment.
- Children engage in those activities from which they are learning the most and they should be encouraged to follow those interests. Adults help best when we support and encourage play, but do not dominate.
- Pretend play is a vital activity. 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 even encourage it.
- Young children learn with their whole bodies.
- We view discipline as another from of teaching. We find positive methods to teach children what it means to live and play with others.
- Children gain the security of a community that extends beyond the school itself. The community is built when the parents share with the school their talents, knowledge and time.
- Parents gain mutual support from each other through caring for the children and sharing responsibilities and concerns.