1. To help children develop a positive sense of self-esteem - a belief that they are able to accomplish whatever they set out to do; that they are good and valuable people who like other people as well as themselves, thus fostering a positive self-image and self-concept. To help this happen, we use opportunities to help children develop a realistic self-concept through the use of reflective and descriptive praise.
2. To help children develop a love of learning, to be able to ask questions, do research, and effectively use available resources, and to increase the child's ability to think, reason, question, and experiment. To help this happen, we provide a joyful, enthusiastic, loving atmosphere and create a safe environment with small groups, rich with spontaneity and opportunity to explore, construct, and extend learning.
3. To help children learn to work and play independently, to encourage individuality, as well as have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with their peers and adults. To help this happen, we focus on warm relationship building, and are emotionally available, accessible, and consistent, and model healthy interactions with other Faculty and Staff members and children.
4. To help children learn to live compatibly with other people, to develop compassion and to understand that everyone's needs and beliefs should be respected. To help this happen, we embrace all people regardless of differences and teach children the art of problem solving, consensus building, and positive conflict resolution. We teach children to care about each person's individuality and unique potential.
5. To help children feel comfortable with emotion, to be capable of managing feelings of anger, sorrow, fear, and joy in a healthy manner. To help this happen, we accept emotion, guide children in channeling unproductive reactions, and help children to verbalize their feelings and express feelings and emotions effectively.
6. To help children become familiar with their creative talents - drama, the arts, music, and dance - to feel that this creative side has value and brings a sense of beauty into their life. To help this happen, we encourage creativity, foster the creative spirit, and offer children the opportunity to explore the arts and other creative outlets. We introduce all students to a Composer of the Month, provide an overview of the composer's life and play his works in the classroom.
7. To help children realize that they must give back to the world; that they share the world with many people and must take an active role in making sure that it is well cared for and they do their part in spreading love and caring in their world. We introduce concepts of environment in a developmentally appropriate manner, model and encourage cooperation, a sense of social responsibility, show caring and consideration for others whenever possible and stimulate a sense of community.
8. To teach children to take pride in themselves physically, to respect and take care of their bodies, to establish a pattern of healthy physical routines. To help this happen, we talk and read about the human body, provide opportunities to develop and test physical skills, and model healthy habits such as good nutrition and fitness for life.
9. To help children learn that work is not always easy; to persevere, to follow things through to the end; to feel determined to be successful, and to find answers. To help this happen, we help children work through frustration, extended learning experiences, and support them individually in their work, praising them for determination and perseverance.
10. To help children feel comfortable and effective using language as a means of communication in all of its written and spoken forms: song, poetry, art, and puppetry. To help this happen, we create a language-rich environment where children's efforts in speaking, singing, painting, and writing are valued. The Spanish language and sign language are also taught.
11. To help children to be culturally aware. To help them gain an understanding that although people of the world are different, use different languages, and have a variety of values and customs, these differences don't make them any more or less valuable. To help this happen, we incorporate concepts of cultural diversity into the curriculum.
12. To help children develop a strong character and positive values for life, including strong family values. To accomplish this, Character Development is a key component of the curriculum at all levels at The Burlington Academy of Learning. Such concepts as patience, honesty, respect, generosity, responsibility, fairness, courtesy, gratitude, determination, and love are put into daily practice within our school family.