Our culture for achievement is to create a school so welcoming, so inviting that every child who walks through our doors has an amazing experience. As educators, we thrive on helping each child practice good citizenship, conservation literacy, and kindergarten readiness skills.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. The Reggio Approach supports a powerful, evolving, and reciprocal journey of learning and open-ended exploration. It’s what keeps us inspired to push our own boundaries and test our own assumptions of what’s possible.
In the municipal pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the teachers refer to the classroom environment as the third teacher because there are two co-teachers with each group of children. kidz go eco uses our natural environment, our outdoor spaces, and beautiful classrooms to be welcoming and supportive of exploration, creation, collaboration and discovery by competent and resourceful human beings.
Our materials in our nature-based classrooms are always changing, as children build on the environments that they encounter here, and so our work of connecting our intentions to the design outcomes is continually evolving. Knowing that the health of the developing brain is profoundly influenced by interactions with environments, we believe that it is an issue of human rights to provide nurturing, sensory rich, relational environments for children in which they are free to play and explore.
In an environment designed for children’s learning, adults must also position themselves to learn from the children. Developing a habit of capturing evidence of learning (through photographs, anecdotal note-taking, transcripts, and the collection of children’s work) and a process for reflecting on what has been captured, supports a reciprocity of understanding and solidarity between adults and children.
Our program believes that through outdoor play, children develop self-esteem, a sense of purpose, and the ability to overcome obstacles, while organically developing learning skills. We believe that nature immersion engages children in exploring the natural world while encouraging their sense of wonder and nurturing their own agenda. Most importantly, children take part in recycling, each classroom adopts an endangered species each year, and children learn how yo make a positive impact on their community.
As the proverb illustrates, it takes a village to raise a child and for a small independent school it takes the thoughtful efforts and creative resources of the community to educate the village’s children.We are deeply grateful for your willingness to support our nature school, whether monetary, contributions of classroom supplies/equipment/furniture, kind words of encouragement, lifting our educators spirits with a special thank you, or your own unique offering. Your donation makes a difference and with your generosity and thoughtfulness, kidz go eco is a very special place for all the children that attend our school. We want to thank you for all your in kind support!