Our philosophy of teaching
Little Hornets is committed to providing young children with a high quality, early learning experience based on research pertaining to developmentally appropriate best practices. We are committed to teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn. All of our classrooms follow the Creative Curriculum which is based on the following five fundamental principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social- emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive purposeful play supports essential learning
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher family partnerships promote development and learning.
Our goals for children
Our programs believe that children learn best through play and when actively engaged with the environment. Teachers strive to meet the needs of each child and communicate individual progress. Classroom experiences are designed to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, creative and special needs of each child.
All programs support children at their current developmental level and promote kindergarten readiness skills for success in their future academic experiences. Our programs encourage this through:
- Positive self-esteem
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Opportunities for learning together
- Development of enthusiastic learners
- Supporting the child's independence and sense of responsibility
We believe that all children:
- Can be effective communicators
- Learn early how to become responsible and accountable and to work toward becoming individuals
- Learn early how to work towards becoming responsible citizens
- Acquire mindsets early to be self-directed lifelong learners
- Are capable of developing readiness skills within academic areas
- Become skillful in the beginning stages of critical, creative, and reflective thinking through learning and play
Beliefs for every child
We believe that:
- Each child is a person whose growth occurs in developmental stages that are sequential and continuous
- Each child is unique with individual physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs as well as cultural diversity
- Each child's creativity and independent discovery is best promoted through the provision of hands-on experiences in a warm and nurturing play-based environment
- Each child learns best when their educational experience is a cooperative venture between home and school
- Each child is naturally curious, creative, eager to learn, social and physically active