We are a Christian Reggio Emilia Inspired School for Children 2 to 5 years old.
Our mission is to provide authentic Christ centered learning experiences in a context that is interesting to the children. We aim to deepen the children’s curiosity by providing them the opportunity to find answers on their own and wondering with them.
Every member of our community feels a sense of belonging and demonstrates respect and care for one other and our environment. The teachers work with the children to continually enhance essential skills such as focus, perspective taking, negotiation, effective communication, establishing connections, problem solving, risk taking, and self-directed engaged learning. All of this is conducted with the image of the child as a capable, intelligent, powerful, yet peaceful human being.
Our philosophy is based on the works of John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Jerome Burnner, and Loris Malaguzzi, among others. It is social constructionist and recognizes the importance of community support and parental involvement.
Teachers have various roles, which are enhanced in comparison to those in traditional American preschools. We are primarily learners, co-researchers, observers, documenters, and relationship builders.
The environment is also a teacher. The preschool is set up in a way that it informs and engages the children.
Long-term projects take place, based on the interests of the children, which will ensure deeper understandings. Children are encouraged to come up with hypotheses, test them, and create new theories based on the outcomes. Exploration and discoveries take place regularly.
The children are encouraged to use a variety of languages to express their ideas: drawing, sculpting, painting, constructing, representing, dramatic playing, moving, music playing, and many others.
They also learn to work productively in groups, both large and small, as they construct knowledge.