Children are naturally curious! At the Learning Bridge, independent play is carefully balanced with purposeful, structured activities to allow each child to explore the world with joy and persistence.
Play is a child’s work. Play fosters exploration and learning, social-emotional intelligence, higher order thinking and self-regulation. Children at play learn new concepts, establish positive feelings, increase skills, learn to express themselves and develop friendships.
Learning Bridge teachers are skilled in translating a child’s individual interests to classroom curriculum. Carefully planned activities that look and feel like play result in creative, self-motivated, curious and resilient learners.
Learning Bridge curricula draws upon research-based, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally relevant material from childhood learning philosophers including Piaget, Montessori, Bank Street, Vygotsky and Erikson.
Play and exploration are used to introduce basic reading, math, science and language concepts.
A holistic approach emphasizes educating the whole child — emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually.
Classroom learning is deepened by theories of social cognitive development, and prompts and scaffolding furthers each child’s knowledge.
Each child learns at his or her own pace to allow developmental stages to unfold naturally.
Enrichment activities have purpose. A high priority at Learning Bridge is to begin nurturing global citizens. Art, music, dance, and dramatic play present the diverse voices and cultures of our world. These learning activities are purposefully designed to help children interact with their peers and adults to:
- Break down biases and fear of the “other”
- Stimulate creativity and curiosity
- Develop problem-solving and thinking skills
- Build positive self-concepts
Our children graduate from Learning Bridge more prepared for kindergarten, with deeper self-confidence and appreciation for their place in the world around them.