Our Philosophy

KLA is a dynamic, developmentally appropriate program that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy on early childhood education.

We see each child as a competent, powerful, curious, and creative individual. Our school educators trust that the play the children engage in has value. They see play as a tool that children use as they explore and attempt to make sense of their world. Through play children test their ideas, solve problems, and find joy in their activities.

The KLA community encourages students to actively participate in their learning process versus being passive learners. Our children formulate their own ideas, draw conclusions, and convey their knowledge in a collaborative learning environment. Our educators' role is to enhance each child's discovery and investigation. They encourage children to reflect on their past experiences, think about what they are doing, talk about the new knowledge they have gathered and how their original understanding has changed based on this new information.

Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others' opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Children have their own strengths and interests, and when given the opportunity to share, they help expand the knowledge of their peers and teachers.

As our little investigators are exploring how to learn, we provide them with a welcoming and inspiring place where a wide variety of materials, both natural and man-made, are available to them. We call this place our Atelier. Here children of all ages come individually or in groups to express there thoughts through the exploration of materials such as clay, tiles, paper rolls, foam tubes and wire.

In identifying the interests of the child and facilitating their exploration of these ideas in a collaborative environment with strong and loving relationships we create compassionate individuals with a lifelong love for learning.

"The More time you spend with children, the more you notice how inquisitive they are about the world and how keen is their thinking even about the most subtle things-things which escape materiality, easy recognition, definite forms, and the laws of invariance, things you can touch but can't touch, that brush against the real and imaginary, that have something of the mysterious about them and offer wide margins of interpretation"

-Loris Malaguzzi

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