Some of Our Guiding Principles

Who is the child?

We believe that each child is born with innumerable qualities and values, such as being competent, powerful, curious, creative, cooperative, sincere, loyal, confident, social, and multi-lingual. Respect for these values is the highlight of our schools' identity.

The Role of the Teacher

Our teachers take on the role of co-learners, observers, facilitators, and researchers as they participate in each child's exploration. Each teacher performs different duties in the class, which include asking questions, taking notes, recording the children's conversations, observing, listening, and taking photographs. Teachers provide encouragement to help foster the children's curiosity. Under their guidance, children learn from each of the distinct "fields of knowledge," which include mathematics, science, language, social studies, art, music and literature. This stimulation leads to lifelong communication skills and confidence.

The Power of the Environment

The environment is the third teacher. Environment acts as a motivating force in creating spaces for relationships, exploration, and emotional and cognitive situations that together produce a sense of well being and security. The organization of the physical environment, together with a wide variety of materials, is fundamental in maintaining the high quality education that Kids Learning Adventure is committed to providing.

How do Parents Participate in the Life of Our School?

Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children's first teacher.

The Importance of Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of each child's learning experience. They affect almost every aspect of a child's development-intellectual, physical,social, emotional, behavioral and moral. Stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes. Our environment promotes healthy relationships as collaboration and cooperation takes place every day among students, teachers and parents.

How does Learning Take Place?

Learning begins with children observing and asking questions about subjects of interest. Based on the children's answers, teachers- in collaboration with parents-then present materials, questions, and opportunities that provoke children to further explore topics. In every phase of learning, children gain valuable lifelong skills and experience in a broad range of fields, including science, mathematics, art, writing, language, music and social studies.

Documentation

The projects developed by the children in conjunction with their teachers, family and the community are recorded and displayed in murals to provide opportunities for revisiting and expanding their experiences. This serves as evidence of the children's development. Additionally, it serves as a vehicle to further enhance the involvement of families in our classrooms and to help parents understand their child's experiences.

"Teachers - like children and everyone else - feel the need to grow in their competences: they want to transform experiences into thoughts, thoughts into reflections, and reflections into new thoughts and new actions. They also feel a need to make predictions, to try things out, and to interpret them. Teachers must learn to interpret ongoing processes rather than wait to evaluate results."

-Loris Malaguzzi

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