Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY – PRESCHOOL

We provide a learning environment that is play-based, child-led, and project-oriented. Our curriculum, which is inspired by the inventive play of the children, is co-led by the teachers, and is rooted in the philosophies of Anti-Bias Education, Reggio Emilia and The Hundred Languages of Children, and the Natural World.

Our learning is a combination of child-led learning, and teacher-led activities pertaining to the natural wonder of the children and the above philosophies.

At the preschool, children are immersed in project-work that is very much a continuation of their time at Elm House. Using the strong foundations that the Elm House teachers have created with children, the preschool teaching team delves more deeply into project-work, play, and conversation that pertains to their interests, and connects to our mission, philosophy, core values, and vision.

We also believe that connections with parents are crucial to the growth and livelihood of the children and our community at large. With this in mind, we create thoughtful and friendly relationships with families at both locations. We provide many rich opportunities throughout the year for parents to engage in our learning community, such as conferences, a book club, family events, parent nights, and parent education.

PHILOSOPHY – ELM HOUSE

At Elm House, we provide a caring learning environment that is attachment-oriented and RIE-inspired. Our curriculum, which is inspired by the inventive play of the children, is co-led by the teachers, and is rooted in the philosophies of Anti-Bias Education, Reggio Emilia and The Hundred Languages of Children, and the Natural World.

Our learning is a combination of child-led learning, and teacher-led activities pertaining to the natural wonder of the children and the above philosophies.

At Elm House, children are immersed in a natural curiosity pertaining to identity, difference, and the natural world- using art in it’s many mediums to learn about these Big Ideas. The foundations of interpersonal and self-care learning are practiced within our sweet toddler house.

We also believe that connections with parents are crucial to the growth and livelihood of the children and our community at large. With this in mind, we create thoughtful and friendly relationships with families at both locations. We provide many rich opportunities throughout the year for parents to engage in our learning community, such as conferences, a book club, family events, parent nights, and parent education.