MISSION AND HISTORY
Our mission is to take advantage of the teachable moments that happen every day by fostering the intellectual, creative, social, emotional, and physical growth and development of our students and to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning. A caring, cooperative school environment promotes cultural values and supports positive relationships and respectful interaction. We will provide an environment that allows children to learn by doing – moving from concrete, hands-on experiences to more abstract concept development. Our priority is to provide a healthy balance of child-directed and teacher-guided activities, as well as time for children to work individually, in small groups and in large groups. We believe that a stable, safe, healthy, comfortable, and culturally relevant environment is crucial to a child’s growth. A play-based approach provides a child-centered curriculum directed by teachers in which children are encouraged to construct their own knowledge. We believe that our program reflects the needs and goals of children and families. We look forward to working closely with families which will provide an integrated, comprehensive approach to learning.
Where the Wild Things Play offers a play based curriculum with an academic component that focuses on whole-child development. We run a child directed program where children learn through hands on activities that capture the child's unique interests. We strive to nurture the child in a stimulating environment that fosters creativity and self-esteem. We lean toward the teachings of the Reggio Emilia approach where teachers observe the spontaneous curiosity of their students, and then guide them to create projects that reflect their pursuits. Children are expected to learn through mistakes rather than correction, as they are considered equal learners. We emphasize creativity, artistic representation and a co-operative approach to learning. We follow a standard daily routine but allow for variances in the time to allow the children to freely explore the environment and learn at a comfortable pace.