“We all have ABILITY. The difference is how we use it.” – Stevie Wonder
“IMAGINATION is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
The Blossom Mantra is believe, achieve, bECOme and we use this as the framework for learning. By believing in ourselves we work to achieve our goals and become all that we can be.
Our environment and curriculum are based on the understanding that each child is an individual with unique needs, learning styles and interests. We aspire to provide many ways of learning that encompass and adapt to different abilities through our SKYGARDEN curriculum which is based on the framework of the British Foundation Curriculum and elements of emergent approaches such as Montessori, Steiner and Reggio Emelia approaches.
- Parents, teachers, and children equal shareholders in the learning initiative
- Children are active participants in learning so that the curriculum or learning activities emerge from their interests and specificities; and
Our approach is centered on the British Foundation Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) where the focus is on stages of development rather than chronological, age based teaching and learning. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help children achieve the Every Child Matters five outcomes:
- Staying safe
- Being healthy
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Achieve Economic Wellbeing
In all our planning we use the above along with the principles of Gardner’s 7 Intelligences and a creative, inspired space and theory geared towards engaging children’s active learning. Howard Gardner from Harvard University developed a theory of multiple intelligence which allows the educator to plan holistic learning by approaching subjects in a variety of ways and this is seminal in the skygarden approach.
The Ages & Stages of a Blossom Education
Blossom’s baby rooms for babies aged 6 months to 22 months use on-demand scheduling to assure that each child’s specific needs are met. Our caring teachers establish a “home-away-from-home” for your little one by using gentle, reassuring voices filled with love and trust. We do not force babies to reach milestones like rolling over and sitting up. Instead, we allow them to determine when their bodies are strong enough. Each child is encouraged to be an initiator, explorer and a self-learner. Consistency, active participation, freedom to explore and interact with others is provided along with sensitive observation of the child in order to meet his or her needs.
Older babies are given the opportunity to explore various areas of their development through gross and fine motor activities, art, sensory experiences, circle time, outside time and much more. Developing self-help skills such as using utensils at meals, drinking from a regular cup and learning to communicate their needs are vital to starting children on a path to become an independent learner.
Our two year olds work on patience, independence, sharing, potty training and building vocabulary. They paint, tear, cut, pound clay and participate in a variety of activities to stimulate constant learning.
The preschool classrooms encourage self-guided play, responsible learning, respect for self and others, character development, as well as increased attention span and motor skills. In our Foundation classrooms prime and specific skills are taught with an introduction to “big school” skills beginning from age four years to 6 years. These are the days where transition skills are encouraged with many activities that encourage confidence, curiosity and a love for learning.