Educational Philosophy

Children who can read well, love to learn, enjoy solving problems and thinking creatively. They understand how to challenge the status quo while working effectively with others to accomplish goals and will be best prepared to successfully address these issues, lead happy lives, raise happy and healthy families and contribute to a healthier and more unified world as adults.

One City’s educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that early childhood should be a time for children to grow, learn, explore, discover and make sense of the world around them while experiencing joy through free play, hands on learning, investigative thinking and structured activities with adults and other children. It is also important that children are cared for and nurtured by patient and loving adults who provide appropriate levels of structure, discipline, guided learning, and safety and security. Early childhood education should offer all of these things to young children. It should also be responsive to the reality that young children bring a broad range of skills, abilities, habits and culture into classrooms, and that each child will grow and develop at their own pace.

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We also believe that it is important to teach young children in an open classroom learning environment where the emphasis isn’t on rote instruction, but on the quality and consistency of the engagement young children experience with a particular task, either determined by them or by an adult. The curriculum, classroom teacher, parents and volunteers should all work in tandem to address the development of the whole child, including their social emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, mathematics and other areas involving the exploration of science, technology and social studies.

Teachers should have a planned schedule and lesson plans for children every day, have a predictable daily routine and schedule, and should construct their classrooms according to the ideas, issues and topics children are learning about and are interested in. Parents should be given appropriate information to help their children learn, grow and develop at home, and should know what their children are learning at school. Classroom volunteers and organizational partners should bolster the curriculum of the school by addressing the individual needs, interests and aspirations of children, their teachers and the school overall.

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To help children thrive academically starting in kindergarten, learning must go beyond memorizing facts, completing worksheets and learning how to perform basic tasks. Emphasis should be placed on helping children develop the foundational knowledge, skills and behaviors they will need to solve problems, create new ideas, improve upon existing ones and apply what they have learned in new situations. The depth of understanding children will acquire can lead to a greater love for learning, an ability to develop innovative solutions to problems and the capacity to create new knowledge.

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