ABOUT FIRST STEPS LEARNING ACADEMY
We are the community, we are educators, we are the biggest supporters of our children, we are parents and guardians, and we are creating the future that our children will become. We build the sophisticated, inquisitive, persistent, and passionate men and women of tomorrow, by expanding and developing the innovative and creative minds of our scholars of today. We share the vision of creating an emerging world for our children to lead, and we are dedicated to ensuring the survival and prosperity of our future, by implementing education into the very first steps our children take.
We create natural leaders and scholars that are destine for success from the moment they take their first steps into our program, by immersing scholars into a productive and inspirational environment that challenges scholars to expand their grasp of the knowledge around them. Our innovative curriculum features programs that focus on social, mental, physical and intellectual development stages that will prepare any scholar for success. We encourage confidence and Achievement by teaching our scholars to dress for success by implementing our mandatory uniforms, accrediated curriculum, and structured environment.
We are a licensed childcare facility that offers prestigious scholar classes to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, that is designed to stretch the minds of children to their full potential, within their “window of opportunity” (Russell, 1993). Scholars are offered advanced curriculum that focuses on their social, mental, physical, and intellectual developmental stages. Children are evaluated quarterly with a variety of assessment tools, and their lesson plans are personalized accordingly.
Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy developed by Louis Malaguzzi, who was a teacher himself, and the parents of the villages around Reggio Emalia in Italy after World War II. After such a great and destructive event, people believed that children were in need of a new way of learning: the assumption was that people form their own personality during early years of development and, moreover, that children are endowed with "a hundred languages". The aim of this approach is teaching how to make them useful in everyday life. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum (Kate, n.d.).
Why Reggio Emilia for our children?
It is a mission of First Steps Learning Academy to provide sequential learning curriculum to prepare children for academics in kindergarten. The goal is to guide each child in the growth of their total personality. Areas related to physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, and social development are all given equal attention when preparing a curriculum to fit the needs of each child.
Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore and
Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;