OUR PHILOSOPHY, VALUES, and PEDAGOGY
Our philosophy of learning and teaching pedagogy is developmentally designed around play and exploration (becoming a “Mini Maker”), while focusing on enhancing character education in the children we serve. We do this through emphasizing the following core values as well as highlighting a “Value of the Month” in our lessons and conversations with students and families to enhance their exposure to positive examples of behavior, social skills, and pre-academic learning.
our core values:
Honesty, Creativity, Collaboration, Inclusivity, & Exploration
While we don’t strictly follow a single pedagogical school of thought, our program draws from core elements of established philosophy, including Montessori (independent, self-paced learning), Reggio Emilia (exploration with a community focus) and Waldorf (structure and dependable routine). Our teaching and curriculum is grounded in principles of developmental and behavioral psychology to provide accessible education and enriching experiences that help scaffold what children already know to what they are learning.
We Believe In…
Fostering interdependence and collaboration
Creating inclusive communities
Supporting multiple intelligences/learning styles
Promoting a growth mindset
Cultivating an environment of feedback and support
CREATING INCLUSIVE CULTURE
As a non-denominal organization, we strive to make our space inclusive for children and families of all backgrounds. We intentionally do not promote, decorate for, or dress up around specific religious or normative holidays such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.
Instead, we emphasize the importance of character education, engaged citizenship, and national pride around traditional American holidays, including observances for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. We also emphasize certain cultural celebrations and commemorative months throughout the year to raise awareness of our diverse community. We strive to promote positive ways to engage with our local community and related non-profit organizations doing good in the Greater Sacramento area.