"If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning."
Our philosophical approach at the Children's Studio is eclectic. A hands-on project-based approach to learning and discovery is most frequently used to accomplish our goals. This methodology promotes a positive balance between teacher-planned activities that are tied to the curriculum and, simultaneously, for unexpected student-generated interests that emerge to be fully developed and explored. It is not our intention to foster a predetermined learning style for a child but rather to discover, along with the child, the type of learning style, or combination of styles, that is natural and organic to that particular child, be it visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Research has shown that whatever particular sensory experiences best promote learning for a child, the majority of young learners do best and are happiest when involved in an active hands-on process-approach learning program.
When we moved to Montclair from California, we were new parents and had absolutely no support system in New Jersey. From many different aspects, the Children’s Studio provided the support that made our transition easier. They were always there to help with parenting issues. We also made lasting friendships with some the other parents in the school.
Jane & John De P.