Our philosophy and educational pedagogy is based on the strong research of Social constructivism, Brain and neurological research and the educators of Reggio Emilia, Italy. They include: Jean Piaget, John Dewey, Z. Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, Ellen Galinsky, Daniel Siegel, Howard Gardner, Loris Malaguzzi, Howard Gardiner, Richard Louv, Louise Derman Sparks and Bev Bos.
We believe the best learning takes place when based on the belief that children come to us powerful, full of desire and abilities. They grow to construct their own knowledge and not only need, but have the right to be co-researchers and co-learners with their teachers. Learning occurs as learners are actively involved in the process of meaning and knowledge construction as opposed to passively receiving information. Deeper learning scaffolds upon what the child already knows and is interested in. Questioning and experimentation lead to collaborative learning, seeking consensus and reflecting on learning as something dynamic that can change with experiences. Ideas are reshaped as their evidence finds original theories need reworking or a different perspective. Social/Emotional Intelligence is as valued as Academic Intelligence. Building character with respect,resiliency, empathy and the desire to hear all voices will serve them well as they develop higher levels of critical thinking.
The following resource list and links are books, agencies, sources we find useful and promote our vision of the best practices for children, educators and families.