*Child-led Play is central to learning!
*All children should be treated with respect and should be seen in the highest light.
*Conflicts are opportunities for learning and growth for everyone! Conflict resolution should be kind, tender and respectful of where the child is developmentally.
*Feelings are important and children should be encouraged to express them.
*Children are active learners as they move their whole bodies to explore, experiment and solve problems. We trust a child’s innate curiosity allows them to navigate what they are ready to learn. Earlier is not better!
*Learning should be developmentally appropriate and meaningful to a child’s life.
*Children do not have adult motivations for actions, but are driven by developmental needs. Sometimes this need is simply “connection.”
*Instead of “misbehaviors” we view conflicts as “mistaken behaviors.”
*Nature provides endless opportunities for exploring and discovering!
*Mixed-age learning communities offer a family-like environment that encourages cooperation and collaboration.
*Children learn best through hands-on experiences using all senses.