Center in Houston, TX 77007
1100 Roy Street
Houston, TX 77007
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Environment and Structure
Esperanza offers children the opportunity to build create and explore with learning materials in our home-like classrooms and expansive outdoor environments. This is possible as a result of a consistent daily schedule as well as well thought out and thematic lesson plans. We express clear expectations provide guidance and encouragement as needed.
A Childs Society
While academics are the basis for most activities we consider it our responsibility to provide children with a strong foundation and opportunity for socialization among peers and adults. Our daily circle times encourage group and individual participation embedding a childs role in this setting. We encourage children to problem solve use their words and practice empathetic behaviors until these tools are firmly in place in their life-skills toolboxes.
We do not teach or require children to share rather we teach and encourage taking turns and using turn-taking language when they are able. Each classroom is enriched with numerous centers for learning and younger children are allowed to fully explore their center without the interference of other children. As the children get older they are taught to ask May I join you? or When you are finished may I have a turn? This encourages respect for peers as well as self-management and language skills.
Following Their Lead
We trust children to have a perfect response to any given stimulation understanding that their response is based upon their perception and their filters. It is our goal to understand those perceptions and to change the stimulus rather than attempting to change the child.
Learning to Learn
We study the process of learning to learn. Jean Piaget considered it a responsibility to teach the true inventors of our world. We believe mistakes are products of high-level thinking and an instrument for learning.
Building Self Esteem for the Future
We encourage a childs introspection to find true pride in their work rather than blind praise from an adult. The ability of a child to look inside and decide if it was their best effort or if a work of art is truly beautiful is ultimately more important than always needing acknowledgement and affirmation from an outside source
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It takes a lot of awareness and research to develop an appropriate and meaningful philosophy for children. We have found that children need to know they have rights and feelings and that they can be taught the difference between the two.
Our philosophy about sharing is a good example. We do not enforce sharing because it originates from a developmental stage then a feeling then an action. When a child is not coerced manipulated or forced he truly has a choice to make. The choice he makes will allow the child to feel empowered and successful.