Our philosophy of education is based on the work of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Eric Erickson, which describe the stages of child development and stress that learning takes place through exploration. We provide this exploration by creating an environment that is designed to provide:
- materials that encourage growth and discussion
- interactions with well-trained teachers that scaffold children’s learning experiences
- structured activities and opportunities (e.g., circle times and projects)
- personal, quality, one-on-one time with children during diapering, dressing and other daily routines.
These and other age-appropriate activities promote cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth and development.
Our goals are highlighted by the following objectives:
- Maintain a safe and secure child-oriented environment at all times.
- Provide a consistent and nurturing environment, which encourages a wide variety of positive personal interactions between peers and with teachers.
- Promote cooperative relations between parents/guardians, teachers, and the manager to ensure consistency between home and the School.
- Support parents and guardians in any way that seems appropriate.
- Assist your child in developing all the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.
- Create a balance between group and individual needs, and energetic and quiet activities.
- Utilize play and exploration as primary mediums for promoting each child's learning experiences.
- Offer a curriculum that incorporates an individualized, child-centered approach, rich in opportunities to explore and create, through the use of materials that enhance the child's overall learning.
- Develop lesson plans that cover language development, gross and fine motor skills development, social interaction, music, and art while maintaining a physical environment where children have learning readiness experiences in science, math, and social studies.
- Help to ensure children feel they are competent learners.
- Promote positive self-esteem and confidence in each child enabling trust in himself/herself and others.
- Support children in developing social skills by learning to be helpful and cooperative with peers, learning to express their needs verbally and appropriately, and to share their ideas and beliefs.
- Use our knowledge of children's brain development, individuality, and overall development to create a supportive learning environment.
Tori Kelliher Manager, Mulberry Bush Independent School, 802-258-4350