- Our Learning Approach (Mind)
- Our Health Approach (Body)
- Our Spiritual Approach (Spirit)
- Our Holistic Approach (The Key To A Well-Balanced Happy Child)
Our Learning Approach
We believe that in order for young children to really flourish, they need a secure and loving environment that fosters the development of their intellectual, emotional, physical, social, creative and spiritual capacities. They need an environment where they can feel safe enough to express themselves as individuals and feel free to learn at their own pace.
We believe, and research has proven, that young children thrive much more when they are in a warm, nurturing, home-like environment instead of in an institution-like childcare setting.
Life is our curriculum. We believe that young children thrive much more in a curriculum that is made up of real-life, hands-on, practical activities. We believe that authentic learning opportunities are missed when young children are given adult-created curricula made-up of “busy-work.” Daily life presents an abundance of opportunities for the young child to learn naturally and organically.
We believe that real-life, practical tasks help children develop the understanding that what they do, what they know and what they learn have a direct impact on their community.
We believe that “play” is the young child’s “work.” Play is the most important component in the young child’s life. This is how children learn about their world, nurture their imagination and learn how to interact with others.
We know that young children engage with the world in a physical way. The more physical activity a young child engages in, the readier that child will be to sit at a desk to take formal academic instruction when it is time.
We believe that childhood is a valid and authentic time unto itself. Skipping or hurrying developmental phases can undermine a child’s healthy and balanced development.
Unlike a mechanical, institutionalized childcare settings, we believe in protecting your child’s innocent sense of wonder, stimulating their vast imagination, inspiring creativity and helping them to discover their own individual interests and unique talents.
Our Health Approach
We believe that a healthy diet creates not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. It enhances young children’s ability to focus, think clearly, process information correctly, feel balanced, strengthen their immune systems and supplies them with tons of physical energy. It also helps children to stay connected to their true sense of Self. Therefore, we commit to providing each child with healthy meals that offer quality nutrition. This means serving the children a plant-based menu that consists of mostly organic, natural and whole foods.
We believe that consistent exposure to chemicals is harmful to everyone but especially harmful to the young developing child. Therefore, we consciously practice the use of natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable cleaning products in our preschool.
We believe that spending time outdoors is critical for the healthy development of young children. It is a great way for children to connect with nature, explore, experiment, discover, and develop their fine and gross motor skills. They get to run, jump and scream and at the same time they, amazingly, absorb enormous amounts of information. It also encourages social development, problem-solving skills and provides a variety of different sources of intellectual stimulation. Sometimes children simply need to get outdoors for some fresh air and to recharge their battery; this can in-turn enhance their readiness for academic learning. Playing outdoors every day is an essential component in our curriculum.
Our Spiritual Approach
We believe that a truly holistic preschool program goes beyond the learning of letters, numbers, shapes and colors. The foundation of a true holistic preschool is built by connecting and engaging the children’s heart-center and nurturing the spiritual dimension of each child. Instead of focusing on developing only fragments, we focus on developing the “whole” child.
We believe if young children are encouraged to explore life through their heart-center it will help awaken them to a true sense of Self. It will help them develop an awareness and understanding of their interconnectedness with others, nature and the formless essence of which all of life emerges. It will encourage the development of compassion, mindfulness, an awareness of their social responsibility and a reverence and respect for all forms of life.
Our Holistic Approach (The Key To A Well-Balanced Happy Child)
We believe that our holistic approach, without a doubt, will create children that are happy, balanced, confident and self-aware. They will have compassion, respect and an appreciation for others, nature and the planet. An adaptation of our philosophies and principles, coupled with our loving, nurturing environment, gives your child the very best start to his/her life and is an excellent foundation for their formal education. Our holistic approach will ignite a life-long passion for learning, fuel a desire to live life with purpose, boost their confidence and make him/her better prepared to meet every day with enthusiasm.