Early Years Philosophy : At Keystone we respect children’s unique personalities and potentials as well as their appetite for knowledge. We believe that young learners are most influenced by their immediate environment, family, community and culture and therefore learn most effectively when they are encouraged to explore and understand their world and their place within it.
Keystone’s Early Years Program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach which originated in Italy. The core philosophy of the program is represented in the following dimensions:
Young children take in all that they see around them and that’s what makes the early formative years so very important. We conceptualize an image of the child as competent, strong, inventive and full of ideas with rights instead of needs. They express their ideas through art, music, play, storytelling, writing, drawing etc.
Learning is a social process based on trust, respect and encouragement. A teacher is an observer, supporter and guide that brings wisdom and thoughtfulness to the child’s unique social and intellectual exploration. Teachers help children connect the dots and support the ever-expanding web of knowledge.
We believe that the environment is the third teacher. Children are provided with an environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open studio spaces free from clutter, where every material connects the child with the actual scenarios that they experience every day. The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. Children learn through sensory experiences and the integration of concepts.
We believe children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning take place through the relationships they share with their parents, family members and educators. Active communication with teachers and families allows for collaborative goal setting. By sharing child portfolios and talking about child interests, a learning plan can incorporate both the child’s and family’s needs.
Children are natural storytellers, explorers, curators and math lovers. We designed our Early Years curriculum framework to channel their innate curiosity to learning experiences. We focus on providing a comprehensive and well-rounded learning and growing experience through the following disciplines: Social Emotional and Life skills, Physical, Language & Literacy, Numeracy, World Around, Environment, Creative Arts, Languages, Theatre.
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