Our Approach

Hands-on and multisensory.
Encourage development of individual strengths
Interactive and collaborative
Appreciation of the natural world
Artistic expression
Documentation of children’s activities

Mission & Philosphy

Our philosophy is based in our belief that children are competent individuals who can construct their own meaning of their experiences. The teacher’s role is not to provide all the correct answers. Rather, the teacher provides the occasion for discovery and learning.

Our approach is hands-on and multisensory. We recognize that children have a natural curiosity and a predisposition to enjoy the unexpected. Children engage in active exploration and investigation to make sense of their world. We strive to fuel children’s investigative impulses and encourage discovery, promote questioning and challenging of ideas, and formulate connections of experience.

We respect children’s multiple ways of demonstrating their intelligence. Children are encouraged to develop their individual strengths and each child’s unique contribution to their community is appreciated. Strengths are celebrated and valued while opportunities are created to provide exposure to, and enhancement of, other talents and skills. Children will be given the opportunity to express themselves through music, painting, drama, song, movement, and play.

A Child’s Journey School’s program draws from several models of child development including the Reggio Emilia model to create an inclusive, child-led, emergent program steeped in the belief that children are strong, capable, creative thinkers who can explore their ideas in myriad ways.


Components which will be incorporated into our program include:

  • Classrooms that are beautiful, inspirational spaces
  • Children, family, teachers, parents and community as interactive and collaborative
  • An awareness and appreciation of the natural world in which the environment is viewed as co-teacher
  • Opportunities for artistic expression in a variety of media
  • Documentation of children’s activities and exploration through a portfolio system

Our Approach and Practices

Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach began in the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and has inspired other schools all over the world. It is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community. It emphasizes exploration and discovery in a supportive enriching environment based on the interests of children. In this approach children have some control over the direction of their learning and have many ways and opportunities to express themselves. Parents are also a key component and are viewed as important partners and collaborators.

This Approach surrounds and guides all that we do. It is the primary basis of our program.

Our Approach to Education

Children’s brains develop most rapidly between birth and age five, thus these are the most important years of growth, development, and learning. This period builds the foundation for life-long learning and achievement.

Our program is based on a wide range of the best, research-backed early education practices designed to ensure school readiness and provide a strong educational foundation. We believe learning is fun and that children learn best through hands-on play and active participation. These beliefs guide us in creating our warm, supportive and engaging learning environments. It is essential to us that your child feels safe, secure, and loved.

Enlightened Nutrition

Our talented chef creates meals and food that is elevated and elegant. Our children are exposed to wide variety of tasty and healthy foods. We prepare almost everything fresh and on-site daily, including soup stocks and sauces. We are committed to using local, organic, humane produce and meats whenever possible with a commitment to increasing these options as we foster new and exciting relationships with local purveyors. We support local farms and have a goal that the majority of our food comes from within 50 miles of our school by 2015. For us, this is a life choice, not just a fad.

Parents can rest assured that each meal is carefully planned to ensure that children’s nutritional requirements are always met.