Little Learners Academy’s philosophy has always been one that acknowledges and respects the uniqueness of each child. It also supports the belief that a child’s strong sense of self-esteem comes from experiencing success within an age-appropriate environment enhanced by a rich, stimulating curriculum. The curriculum engages children’s learning in all developmental areas, while at the same time allowing for individual differences in learning styles and encouraging creativity through a variety of play-based experiences and environmental factors. We recognize the importance of early childhood education as the foundation for school success and lifelong learning and base our overall goals on this notion.  The goals of the program are to develop a strong sense of self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as the development of the whole child with an emphasis on social/emotional skills and independence.

Specifically, these include:

Development of Self Confidence and Self Esteem

  • Positive identity and self- respect
  • Trust
  • Empowerment to make choices
  • Taking initiative
  • Mastery
  • Expressing creativity
  • Willingness to risk
  • Feeling autonomous and self- reliant
  • Expressing needs, feelings and ideas

Development of the Whole Child

  • Social/Emotional skills
  • Communication skills
  • Language development
  • Physical skills
  • Intellectual abilities/Cognitive skills
  • Creativity

Development of Social/Emotional Skills

  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Cooperating in play and work
  • Developing trust in peers and adults
  • Belonging to and participating in groups
  • Becoming a leader and a follower
  • Expressing feelings
  • Developing good listening skills
  • Making friends, being friends and sharing friends
  • Having fun!

The Values and Goals We Use to Implement Our Philosophy

  • Maintain a SAFE, supportive, and stimulating environment
  • Family Involvement
  • Facilitate learning through play
  • Respect children’s uniqueness and recognize and celebrate their individual differences
  • Create a trusting, predictable environment
  • Development of an environment that says “YES” to exploring, experimenting, discovering,        having fun with friends and being a child!
  • Emphasis on the “process” (which is the immersion in the “doing”) rather than the “product”
  • Use of positive language
  • Model empathy and compassion
  • Encourage children to take risk
  • Help children make a balance of choices
  • Keep a sense of humor and create laughter
  • Provide a “child-centered program” which evolves from the interests of the children as well as successfully planned and implemented units
  • Cultivate curriculum which is continually developed and revised to insure a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences for children