Philosophy & Approach

Reggio Emilia Inspired

Our teaching method is inspired by the world renowned Reggio Emilia approach to learning. We believe that each child is unique and capable of constructing their own knowledge. Our experienced team of teachers actively observe each child, listening to their questions and stories, in order to provide guidance and opportunity to further explore individual or group interests. Avendale’s learning environments are purpose built, using natural materials that aim to inspire children and encourage creative exploration. At Avendale, we promote the development of the whole child with the emphasis on social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, as well as academic growth.

Future Readiness

As information becomes increasingly accessible and abundant, the mission of schools should no longer be about filling students with more knowledge. Instead, schools should develop students’ innovation skills. At Avendale, we nurture each child with future ready skills to succeed in an ever changing world. Children practice critical thinking skills and adapt to changes when learning to solve problems. They learn to lead by influence rather than authority through collaboration and communication with peers. These skills will help children build confidence and motivation in learning to support their future pursuit of the academics, relationships, careers, and life in general.

The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you do with what you know.

– Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University

Character Education

We believe that each child has the innate ability to be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. To help each child develop their own, unique character we model positive relationships for our children, teach them how to build positive relationships with peers, family, and other adults. Through experiencing and observing positive relationships at Avendale, children learn to be integrated, caring community members. Children at Avendale are challenged with a combination of cooperative and competitive play to explore the value of teamwork. Through stories, children reflect on choices and decision making that may arise in real life.

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

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