Pillars

Every child learns differently.

To meet the needs of each individual student, Little Timbers has identified four pillars that provide the foundation for all learning: Dream, Create, Grow, and Explore. 

It is not only important for each child to find the answers to challenges, but to feel confident articulating or expressing the what, how, and why that led them to the answer. We believe that by allowing our children to Dream, Create, Grow and Explore in the ways most natural to them, we can encourage deeper thinking and understanding of each academic concept at hand.

We create an environment  that allows children to learn outside of the traditional boundaries—where children can use their natural strengths to solve challenges, and we as educators and parents, can support them more effectively.

 
 

Dream

“Sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 

Lewis Carroll

Create

“But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself.” 

Shel Silverstein

Grow

“Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.” 

A.A. MILNE

Explore

“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” 

Dr. Seuss

 

What This Means:

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Dream

Every child dreams of the day they can sing the ABC's, spell their name, read their first word.  At Little Timbers, we create goals together to ensure each child's dream is being fulfilled.  We model and teach self-advocacy so that each student can communicate their hopes and desires aside from what we have planned for them.

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Create

Many believe that creativity peaks at a young age.  At Little Timbers, we strive to capture and enhance every students natural creativity and encourage to learn through doing. For example, we believe that reading fluency can be learned through theatrical plays and poetry, while math computation facts can be learned through using objects to create problems, not just flash cards.  We encourage every child to articulate their thinking through creating and building. 

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Grow

Children grow day to day.  At Little Timbers, we encourage and measure growth in several ways. We determine appropriate, bespoke goals for each student, and measure against those goals frequently. Goals are co-created with students, and progress is shared back frequently. Additionally, Little Timbers uses praise as an incentive instead of something that can be given allowing children to grow and develop at their own pace.

Explore

Every person relies on their five senses in unique ways. At Little Timbers we explore and leverage each of our students senses to help make sense of what is being learned.  Relying on all five senses allows flexible and creative exploration; what resonates with one child, may be different than others.  

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