To our Parents and Guardians:
•We want you to know, understand, and discuss our philosophy and goals with us.
•We want you to look often into our busy, happy, noisy, creative rooms and see your child at play.
•We want you to realize the validity of that play and the importance of what is being learned.
•Working together, parents, guardians, and caregivers can help your child discover and develop his or her full potential.
We feel very strongly that young children learn best by "doing". At Angel Haven you will see:
•No long lines of standing and waiting; only games to play!
•No boring coloring books; only exciting materials with which a child can create.
•No complicated, abstract meanings that a child cannot comprehend; only ideas and things to talk about, relate to, compare with, match, fit into, try out, reinforce, invent, discover, and enjoy.
Yet, at all times children are being continuously challenged by specific learning goals that we have set for them.
•In order to begin to read and perform other academic tasks the children must first gather meaning from the world and develop an awareness of concepts.
•In order to gather meaning from the world, children must have many satisfying sensory and sensory-motor experiences; they must touch, feel, smell, hear, etc. Perceptual development follows. This is how children interpret their sensory experiences, which is a prerequisite for developing their minds.
Our program is geared towards helping children develop habits of observation, questioning, and listening. It gives them an awareness of their own feelings and their right to express those feelings by sometimes channeling them into other means of expression. They learn that they are free to make choices, and that there are consequences for all of the choices they make, both positive and negative, but that as long as they stay within the limits of consideration for people and things, they do not always have to conform. Our open-ended program prepares children to use their intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks.