Our program is based on 5 pillars that promote early childhood development using a unique, holistic blend of mind-body Learning Through Play
We Grow Great Kids
“It is in the context of play that children test out new knowledge and theories. They reenact experiences to solidify understanding. And it is where children first learn and express symbolic thought, a necessary precursor to literacy. Play is the earliest form of storytelling. And, it is how children learn how to negotiate with peers, problem-solve, and improvise.”
- Katie Chiavarone, author of "The Undeniable Power of Play"
We passionately believe that social and emotional learning is a critical building block in child development, so we incorporate the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning's (CASEL's) five areas of competence into all our activities: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and self awareness.
Social & Emotional Learning
Our kiddos move ALWAYS in ALL WAYS. Sessions are physically active, generally resulting in a good sweat. Patterns of Movement include walking, jogging, skipping, running, leaping, rolling, crawling, pushing, pulling and carrying. Full ranges of deep motion are explored through stretching, balancing and holding position and posture.
Movement & Mobility
Classes involve challenges and activities which help develop understanding, time management, reasoning and problem solving skills. Tasks include counting, determining ratios, organizing groups, analyzing, presenting, identifying problems and more.
Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is everything! It's the preview of life's coming attractions." Young learners are encouraged to use imagination & "outside of the box thinking" when approaching challenges. We encourage looking at problems from fresh perspectives that may lead to unorthodox solutions. Brainstorming, experimenting, exploring and questioning assumptions are common place in sessions.
The activities and games we "play" are always big hits with the kiddos. We've realized over the years that it's the enjoyment which keeps young learners so engaged, and in turn it's that engagement that promotes their learning, most often without even realizing it - truly "Learning Through Play".