Seven Principles of Service define the First Steps Academy experience. Each aspect of our philosophy contributes in some way to satisfying of our mission of preparing young children for success in life.
Respect the Roles of the Family
Honor Mom and Dad
We desire to support and strengthen the bond between parent and child. We will partner with you to reinforce your philosophies and approaches as much as possible. We will also adapt positive discipline approaches, rewards and incentives at your request. We will fulfill our duty to your family by providing counsel and presenting options.
Children understand and learn better through consistency. While we expect our teachers to interact with children in ways that establish consistent expectations and routines in the classroom. We help you extend continuity of those routines at home as well.
Your family unit is of paramount importance in your child’s life. Your involvement in your child’s learning experience is welcome whether you volunteer in the classroom, on field trips, or in other ways.
Respect the Capabilities of Children
Children should try to tackle challenges by themselves first to develop their problem-solving skills.
Children who make choices for themselves now gain practice for the future. We guide children in making responsible choices.
Provide Feedback, Earn Answers
Our teachers provide valuable feedback and guidance to help children make progress toward tackling their problems.
Create Loving, Organized and Exploratory Environments
Engage All Five Senses
We help your child activate all five senses to experience the wonderful world around us.
Environments and Equipment Should Encourage Self Discovery
Our rooms are designed to inspire your child’s natural instinct to explore. Learning aids, toys and equipment are placed within reach to optimize discovery and creative play.
Provide Enough Structure
Structure provides comfort and security for children; additionally, they learn about boundaries and respect. In contrast to the Montessori Method where children spend most of their day engaged in self-directed development, we seek to engage students and guide their learning.
Engage Children as Individuals
While “learning for learning’s sake” resonates with many children, others need to understand the greater purpose before they find their motivation.
Accommodate All Learning Styles
People learn in many ways. We build lessons around the learning styles of the children in each classroom.
Nurturing Self Identity
We recognize the uniqueness of each child and help them become aware of their own talents and challenges. We celebrate each child as an individual and help them appreciate their differences and similarities.