Learning Philosophy 学习哲学

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Focusing primarily on creative play, discovery and respect for others, we employ a unique blend of three principal learning methodologies: Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and Montessori. With a diverse group of children from various cultural backgrounds, ranging in age from 6 months to 3 years, we aim to provide a peaceful, balanced routine that offers plenty of time and space for uninterrupted discovery. As our infants grow into themselves and start becoming more aware of their environment and the people that fill their days, we encourage proprioceptive development, helping them to explore the world around them through touch, seeing, hearing, and movement.

 

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By example and through positive reinforcement, we teach respect for each other and our community. We foster a sense of responsibility to others in maintaining a clean and happy environment in which to live and play. When play is done, clean-up begins! Not only is it our responsibility to clean up after ourselves, we consistently respect ourselves, our friends and our teachers by saying please and thank-you, hello and goodbye, and work on the ever-challenging notion of fairness and sharing. 

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We offer several different options for hands-on creative play, such as sand and water play, playdough, free-form painting and crafts that provide a little instruction and a lot of encouragement to be creative and develop the imagination. Particularly during our outdoor time – where we look at, feel and smell the flowers and trees – we celebrate the changing seasons and various holidays to begin to understand the passing of time and subtle changes in the world around us. Our daily outings to a nearby playground offer a change of scenery and a chance to exercise, explore and further develop the childrens' sense of balance and spatial orientation.

 

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Inspired by the Reggio Emilia ideas of learning through experiences, and hypothesizing, observing and questioning, we spend our cold and rainy days inside learning through the senses of taste and smell. What does salty taste like? Does sweet have a smell? How does sour make your tongue feel?  We talk about flavors and experiment with food, tearing up lettuces and cabbage, assembling plates of vegetables to play with colors, buttering bread to make our own sandwiches, and patiently rolling our own sushi rolls. At the end of these "experiments" we get to eat our creations!  Other times, we are visted by a teacher from Jamaroo Kids for an interactive group session of singing, music making, dancing or story-telling. We take advantage of the Jamaroo crew's specialized background and experience of teaching art and music. Beyond these sessions, we speak with rhymes and sing Mandarin songs throughout the day to keep the our daycare fun and filled with self-made music.

Learn more about our daily routine by viewing our Curriculum.