Having studied child development theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Albert Bandura and many more and early education philosophies, such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf, Stephanie Raleigh believes that there in not one philosophy that serves all children. This is why she created a program incorporating proven methods and practices of many traditional curricula.
Our curriculum is child centered, with a main focus on topics that are based on children’s interests and curiosity. An ideal environment for children is a school setting that encourages them to be curious and inquire with their own ideas and thoughts, so that they can become critical thinkers. They need an environment that embraces the beauty of art and music and the freedom to experiment with them freely and in various ways. Children are social beings and learn from parents and teachers, but also from one another and through observation. Children in mixed age groups have the chance to learn from older or more advanced peers through modeling and social interactions.
Studies show that children who learn a second language early on develop differently than children growing up monolingual. Due to the exposure to another language children’s brains are wired in a way that makes learning additional languages become second nature. There is also evidence that children who learn another language are socially advanced compared to their counterparts. These children become aware of other people’s feelings and ideas sooner by understanding the concept of “Theory of Mind,” which is the understanding that other people have different thoughts than they do and accepting it. They outgrow the egocentric stage of a young child much faster than others, which also helps them becoming socially advanced.
Parents are encouraged to be consciously involved and part of their child’s daily life, bringing in different cultures, backgrounds, and ideas. Parent-teacher-conference are held on a regular basis and parents are always invited to seek advice, exchange thoughts, ideas and suggestions an contribute to our community in a meaningful way. For more bonding time we offer extra-curricular activities with all children, parents, and teachers on weekends every other month.