At Foundations, we use innovative education practices to create an environment in which children’s strengths and unique learning styles are supported. We teach children to take charge of their learning – to be thinkers, challengers and wonderers. We don’t teach to the test. We teach to learn. We want the children to be able to understand the concepts behind the facts. How the children got to the answer can be just as important as the answer itself. We also incorporate movement all throughout the day because we believe that exercise boosts brain power. We don’t confine children to rows of desks; we allow them to create their own workspace and spread out as is comfortable for them because when children are comfortable they are more apt to be involved in the learning process. We don’t know what new things children will have to learn in the future, but we do know that they will need to be competent problem solvers. We believe that the world’s challenges can be solved with openness, inspiration, innovation, invention and entrepreneurialism.
When children are motivated naturally through their own interest, their learning is more comprehensive and concrete. Everything we do at Foundations is aimed toward developing each child’s internal curiosity and motivation to learn. This is the foundational platform that will propel your child toward success and it is never too early to begin the progress. We begin classes at 6 weeks of age and currently our oldest group will graduate from sixth grade this year
There are several aspects of the Foundations Educational program that make it different than a traditional public school or other private schools in the area. The first is that we have lower teacher to child ratios than most other area schools. We work in ability level groups that are typically significantly lower than state ratios, which enables us to have more individual interaction with the children and tailor the lessons to the group’s specific level of learning and learning style. The second reason we are different than area schools is that we present standards and objectives in a way that is based on the interests of the children to fully engage them in the learning process. Traditional education presents the children with pre-planned lessons that are not related from subject to subject and don’t take the children’s interest into account. We start our planning by asking the children what topics interest then and then build in the standards and objectives into those topics.