We love to teach children how to think,
LANGUAGE & COGNITIVE SKILLS
not what to think
While formal reading and writing are not prerequisites for starting school, we know that children who are curious and interested in stories and books are more easily engaged in reading activities. Children who have developed a foundational understanding of shape, category, time, and number can build on these concepts as they begin formal learning.
Building on and encouraging children’s natural curiosity fosters a life-long love of learning. Children who have their attempts to learn new things encouraged and celebrated develop a sense of themselves as a competent learner. Confidence in their ability to learn new concepts supports children to engage with learning in new environments and sets the foundation for school success. Importantly, children who have come to think of themselves as competent learners who enjoy learning, approach learning with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Cognitive skills that support children’s learning include memory, problem solving and creative thinking. These skills assist children to learn concepts, apply them to new situations and build a rich understanding of the world around them.
Early in life, children are introduced to concepts of shape, number, and sound that scaffold their later school-based learning. An early interest in stories and books can grow into a love of reading and early exposure to numerical concepts, such as number and quantity, facilitates later engagement with mathematical concepts. Children are born with a drive to observe, practice, and learn. They take an interest in the adult world and imitate their parents through play. We strive to provide rich learning environments to stimulate this interest - and these need not be highly structured. Children learn concepts best when they experience them in routine activities, as part of play, and when they are aligned with their interests and inclinations. Language and cognitive skills in the form of problem solving and creative thinking provide critical platform in preparing the next generation to succeed and meet the demands of contemporary society.