At Nest, I provide a rich, nurturing environment for children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. I’m driven by the belief that children are to be respected as the unique individuals that they are, and I work in partnership with families to challenge and support each child at the level that they need. I believe that young children should be active learners and develop at their own unique pace, with the support of parents and me, their teacher.
I focus on the philosophy that children, their families, and the community can all beneﬁt from a high-quality curriculum in a home-like atmosphere. Long-term projects and open-ended discussions bring together language activities, social studies, science, math, dramatic play and creative arts, providing children with an environment which encourages exploration and discovery. Together we question, investigate, problem-solve and learn.
I teach with a philosophy inspired by the combination of the Reggio Emilia and Montessori early childhood education approaches. I’ve adopted many aspects of these two philosophies. Here are just a few:
- The development of verbal, motor, social and critical-thinking skills through a developmentally-appropriate play-based curriculum.
- Collaboration with parents, teachers and students on some longer term activities.
- A connection with nature is an essential part of development! Sunshine, fresh-air, and observing animals, insects and plants on a regular basis daily can benefit a child’s development in many ways.
- An open, sun-filled and engaging environment creates the perfect setting for a child to learn while discovering and engaging each of their senses.
- Documentation of each child’s explorations and process of learning.
- Young children learn simply by experiencing life. It’s up to educators and parents to shape their environment and experiences in meaningful and positive ways.
- It’s important for children to become problem solvers, independent thinkers and to learn life skills.