Our teaching method combines the best of several thoughts of education from Montessori, Reggio and High Scope. This provides a framework of adaptive activities that allow us to bring out the best in our children.
Montessori philosophy, which focuses on observing and supporting the natural development of children, provide children the ability to develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is mixed age group (3 ages - 6 ages in one class), individual choice of research and work, and uninterrupted concentration.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on the children having some control of the direction of their learning, having the ability to learn though experience, having an intimate relationship with their environment and having multiple ways to express themselves. The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy.
The High Scope philosophy focuses on children and teachers as active partners in the learning process. It is a balanced approach to adult-child interaction and includes techniques for encouraging learning in specific content areas as well as strategies for helping children resolve conflict.
As best said by Howard Garner, a renowned academic psychologist, “I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place.”
The academic focus of Sprouts can be broken into seven areas of intelligence:
Linguistic intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn language, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively use language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically; and language as a means to remember information.
Logical-mathematical intelligence consists of the capacity to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. It entails the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically.
Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one's whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements.
Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.
Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of others.
Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations. It involves having an effective working model of ourselves and being able to use this information to regulate our lives.