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Our Approach to Early Childhood Education

Our approach is informed by the ideas of Lev Vygotsky - philosopher, linguist and developmental psychologist. Vygotsky emphasized the fundamental role of social interactions in the process of learning. He demonstrated that children develop their capacity to think through dialogue and communication. When they explore, pose questions or solve problems in partnership with adults and peers, children recognize the “how” of their own thinking.

Our Values And Beliefs 

  • Jewish tradition emphasizes that each child is born with infinite potential and is an active learner. This belief is central in our practice.
  • We view education as a process of building thinking relationships with people, ideas, materials and the self.
  • We respect children’s rights. We strive to build a school culture which centers on children’s needs, interests and ideas. 
  • We practice genuine reciprocity in our teaching: educators adapt their practices to match the child’s pace of exploring, learning and understanding.
  • Children learn from peers as much as they learn from adults.
  • Children benefit from trustful, collaborative relationships between families and teachers. Warm and respectful interactions at the school create a strong sense of community. 
  • We regard children's play as the fundamental expression of a developing brain. Through play, children deepen their relationships with people, materials and ideas. They deepen their understanding of the self.  Play is a child's right, need, and a biological drive; it is as integral to healthy development as sleep and nutrition.
Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781