We believe that parent participation is very important in a child’s life. We welcome participation and there will be many opportunities for you to be involved with the preschool program. We always invite parents to stop by and see what is going on. We also hold special events and parent discussion groups to provide opportunities to share our documentation of the children’s interests, projects and relationships being nurtured throughout the year.
We have 2 programs serving children ages 2.6 years through 5 years of age; a young preschool, and an older preschool. Each has their own 'home base' but co-mingle during the day in order to foster peer mentoring connections from one group to the other. As our philosophy is child-centered, we take the individual interests, strengths and development of each child into account and build upon them to create a successful learning experience for that child.
Emotional development, like other developmental levels, takes time and learning opportunities. The staff set clear and reasonable expectations. The environment will eliminate many challenges to children by offering choices, a variety of provocative materials and time to build relationships. We will provide role models for respect, inclusion and empathy in a calm and consistent manner. When challenge arises, we will facilitate by addressing the child's feelings, offering choices and helping the child with words and options to become a problem solver. We will maintain close communication with the parents in the emotional development of the child as in all areas of their growth.
The educational philosophy at Little Owl is research driven, experiences are rich and will effectively help young children in ways that are lasting and foster a life-long love of learning. It is based on constructivist learning theory that has shown that children learn best by discovering and constructing their own knowledge in an enriched environment. It is through these active learning experiences that higher order abstract thinking is gained. For young children, learning needs to be concrete before it can become abstract.
Children will learn when seen as capable, competent and creative people. Children will thrive when seen as co-researchers with their parents and teachers on their journey in discovering the world around them.
Our teachers will share your children’s growth, learning and understanding through documentation and portfolios of their “work” through their interactions with the environment, materials and their peers. Our educational program is holistic in that early literacy, science, art and math are integrated into all daily activities and enhanced by children's individual interests.