PHILOSOPHY

While our philosophy is based upon theories from many experts in the field of early childhood development, the teachings of Magda Gerber and Jean Piaget are our primary influences.  Magda Gerber, a pioneer in the field of infant and toddler development, stresses the home and childcare continuum.  According to Gerber, in the parents' absence, the child needs adults who will both nurture and educate them.  This individual approach is reflected in our Infant/Toddler Program.   

Jean Piaget's stages of development are represented in both the Pre-school and School-age Programs.  Our staff is educated and trained in developmentally appropriate practices, that are geared to meet the needs of each child.  Respect for the individual is one of the most important aspects of our program, as well as fostering a strong sense of confidence, identity and self-worth.

Discovery Tree creates a learning environment that, along with being non-violent and non-sexist, also presents and respects diversity of ethnic and cultural viewpoints.  We seek to create a balance between adult directed times and independent choices and exploration.  We believe that happy, healthy and confident children are successful children. Therefore, the child's social, emotional, and physical development are as important as academic learning.  In addition to offering children freedom of choice, we also promote participation in group activities.  We believe that children learn cooperation and positive social skills through group participation.

To support our philosophy and continuity between home and the learning center, Discovery Tree follows these principles:

  • To create an environment where laughter, joy and respect for the child are the heart of the program.

  • To provide a safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment in which children can move freely and explore their world.

  • To provide a predictable environment that allows children an opportunity to anticipate and make choices.

  • To nurture and guide the child's natural curiosity and love of learning.

  • To provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that values play as the true work of children.

  • To encourage creativity, imagination, and diverse thinking.

  • To facilitate an awareness of cultural diversity and promote anti-bias thinking.

  • To offer an environment which says "Touch, Explore and Discover!"

 

Discovery Tree creates a learning environment that, along with being non-violent and non-sexist, also presents and respects diversity of ethnic and cultural viewpoints.  We seek to create a balance between adult directed times and independent choices and self-exploration.

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