Philosophy of the program
Offering a safe, quality, anti biased environment to invite every child an opportunity allowing full open ended, process based, creative experiences. We want to engage and excite children with art exploration that is developmentally appropriate and child centered. Children are active, sensory learners that benefit from the arts and creativity in any aspect. Creating a foundation for innovative thinking at all levels of development for artistic expression, fostering a lifelong ability to think outside the box. Children are exposed to many different materials and given the opportunities to make their imagination come to life. Nurturing imagination and creativity opens up so many learning experiences like problem solving, concentration, connection to feelings, thoughts of self worth and confidence. Mindfulness and positive discipline are both huge components in the programs. Lastly Music will be included during the duration go the program. I believe that some of our greatest musicians are being forgotten by todays youth. We will explore bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and also include meditation music. Check my blog for more information about the methods mentioned above.
ART: "The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."
CREATIVITY: "the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work."
MINDFULNESS: "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE: "a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen. It is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).
Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches."