LITTLE LIGHT BULBS Philosophy:
We believe that the inner world of a person shapes and influences their outer world. This is confirmed by the saying “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Therefore we start with the inner world in order to affect the outer world. The Cognitive Behavioural Theory also holds to this belief. If one can affect the thoughts of a person, one can affect their behaviour or actions.
We live from our inner world. If we try to live according to precepts other than our own – we cannot maintain it. In essence, if you try to be like someone else, you will eventually fail, because that is not who you truly are. If you try to go against your grain, you will eventually rebel. This being said - everything we believe about life, about ourselves and about the world and other people is what we have allowed into our heart or inner world through our perception of our outer world. Is it any wonder that we are charged to guard our hearts according to Proverbs…
This is LITTLE LIGHT BULBS’ point of departure. We shape the inner world, the very heart, of children. We are intentional and purposeful in our roll as nurturers and cultivators. We realize that what we put into the hearts of our children can affect them for life. We believe that children can be taught to be pro-active in their capacity as nurturers of their own heart.
We instil the following beliefs into our children:
- You are valuable.
- You are special and unique.
- You have what it takes to succeed.
We instil the following qualities into our children:
- Intrinsic motivation (coercion & extrinsic motivation is ineffective and temporary at best)
- Self-discipline (nothing great has ever been achieved without it)
We develop the following skills in our children:
- Verbal communication
- Auditory skills
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Cognitive functions (like labelling, comparing, representational thought, number concepts, etc.)
We do this through our cognitive curriculum, our social interaction and guidance, but mostly we do this through the way we live and move and have our being around our children. They can sense that they are valuable, special, unique and capable when the people around them believe and act like it.
Exploration and experimentation through play is the vehicle through which we believe children learn the best. That is why we put an emphasis on making the learning experience enjoyable and exciting. This leads to the teacher acting only as facilitator and mediator in the classroom – giving way to child-centred learning experiences.