We believe the very most important piece to a child's education, the very first thing to ensure, is meeting the needs of the child. The most crucial of these is what's referred to as the child's "first hour needs". Every human being on this Earth needs to know that they are safe, that they belong, that they are heard and understood, they are valued, and that they are LOVED. For this reason, it is our number one priority to ensure each individual child has their needs met each and every day. If there is an unwanted behavior we can be sure there is an unmet need. Above all else, we will work to identify the need and work together with parents to fill and meet that need. All other learning will fall into place when a child's needs are met. A child's natural heart's desire is to learn, to discover, to test, to observe. We will provide the time, space and materials... the teaching and the learning is for us all to take part in, with and from each other.
If we are to expect the generations that follow to care for our Earth, they must LOVE the Earth. We understand the importance of our connection to the natural world. Our intention is to give a child the time s/he needs to grow curious about the things in nature, to explore using all of our senses, to help see through various lenses and bring new perspectives into view. We spend time outdoors each day, regardless of conditions (so long as it is safe), we just dress for the weather. We also take opportunities to bring the outdoors in whenever possible.
We spend time considering the changes in the natural order of things in the world around us. The changing of the weather,the Moon, the trees, the animals, our gardens. These are all very real, tangible things that deeply engage children as they experience them in the here and now. Becoming curious and wondering come from observing every day things.
We use the natural flow of the seasons in a child's life to fully engage their sense of wonder about our cultures, our similarities, our differences and to reflect on family, friends, and the greater world beyond our classroom walls. We celebrate festivals and traditions that we share with our own families and some that may be new to us, but familiar to the people's lives we are touched by. In this way, we honor all people of our shared world, and our place in it.
Creating & Concocting
Community Building and Cooperation
Celebrations with Family & Wider Community
We appreciate how important time spent connecting with each-other and the world around us is. We look for fun and meaningful ways to enjoy time together and with our wider community.