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Creative Learning Center offers preschoolers and early primary (kindergarten/1 students) a progressive learning environment based on the Bank Street Philosophy. Many parents purposely choose a progressive education because they strongly believe that learning corroboratively through experience fosters resilience and better prepares children to navigate a rapidly changing world with increasingly challenging problems.

The benefits to a progressive education include the capacity to understand ideas and apply them to new kinds of problems while fostering a passionate love of learning!

the progressive education model emphasizes:

Attending to the whole child: Progressive educators are concerned with helping children become not only good learners but also well-balanced, caring people.

Community:  Children learn with and from one another in a caring community, and that’s true of moral as well as academic learning. Competition undermines a feeling of community and is deliberately avoided.

Collaboration: There is a strong emphasis on collaborative problem-solving.

Social justice: A sense of community and responsibility extends beyond the classroom, beyond friends, beyond their own ethnic group, and beyond their own country. A commitment to diversity and to improving the lives of others is an integral part of learning.

Intrinsic motivation: Children are naturally motivated to learn when a learning environment challenges and engages them.

Deep understanding: Progressive education is organized around problems, projects, and questions—rather than around lists of facts, skills, and separate disciplines. The teaching is typically interdisciplinary, the assessment rarely focuses on rote memorization, and excellence isn’t confused with “rigor.” Students are invited to think deeply about issues that matter and understand ideas from the inside out.

Active learning: Students play a vital role in helping to design the curriculum, formulate the questions, seek out (and create) answers, think through possibilities, and evaluate how successful they have been.

Taking kids seriously: Progressive educators take their cue from the children—and are particularly attentive to differences among them. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests.