Our Teaching Philosophy
The first years of a child’s life are the most influential. During these years a child develops the social, emotional, and cognitive skills needed to succeed. Island Prep provides an enriching environment with a teaching philosophy that encourages the students to explore, create, interact, and discover in a positive setting. The classrooms are designed to meet each developing stage in a child’s life. The teachers at Island Prep also understand how important it is to guide the students into purposeful play. Each day, teachers plan activities that teach the students the importance of exploring and discovering their own likes and dislikes. Island Prep provides the students a place to learn, play, and explore the world around them. Island Prep is different. You will not find brightly colored walls or numerous plastic toys. Instead you will find a melodious oasis filled with children working with wood towers or watering the classroom plants. Island Prep provides a serene environment that does not distract the students but enhances his/her ability to discover and blossom academically, socially, and emotionally. Each item in the class has been purposefully placed to enrich the child’s learning in some way. Island Prep is also an Eco-Friendly learning center. The students learn the importance of recycling and saving the Earth’s precious resources. The staff and families of Island Prep take pride in knowing that we are doing all that we can to protect our planet. We want to welcome your family to the Island Prep family! Thank you for sharing our philosophy on childcare and education! The goal of our developmentally appropriate program provides a balance between preparing for the future and living fully in the present. Children learn through multi-sensory/child-centered/organized experiences, and discovery.
Our goals for each child:
• Develop positive self-esteem
• Foster emotional well-being
• Ease adjustments to routines and transitions
• Foster independence and self-direction
WHAT WE WORK TOWARDS EVERYDAY
At Island Prep we strive to create a positive environment that fosters learning through hands-on experiences, active play and enrichment. We believe that in order for students to be successful and happy in school they must be treated as individuals who learn differently based upon developmental readiness, learning styles, and interests. We want every student to feel safe, cared about, and excited when they come to school each day!
This is our home, this is our family. Island Prep is an extension of the families that are in our community, sharing the same values that we each have for our children including: community, kindness, acceptance, nurturing. We teach the children not only reading, writing and all the core educational subjects but we also instill a readiness to help others which often fosters a sense of community.
This school is a coming together of like minded neighbors and creating something wonderful for our children that will allow them to grow and become contributing members of our community.
Our mission moving forward is to become a more integral part of the community and become a staple of St Augustine. A permanent fixture of education in the town we love.