Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Collective Kind's Core Values?
The support and inspiration of those in our community creates a vibrant education context. Learning is a relational process. Families, teachers, peers and the physical environment all contribute to the experience. Families are essential partners. And kindness is key.
We draw from the best practices nationally and internationally. The theorists and educators who have come before us have much to contribute. We are inspired by the developmental Interaction Approach at Bank Street, RIE, Social Constructivism, the Reggio Approach, Montessori and Waldorf. We are committed to integrating an anti bias curriculum as well. Education is a right of all humans.
Children are naturally curious. They are compelled by wonderings and a desire to explore. We believe in the process of inquiry, investigation and reflection as the foundation for the construction of knowledge. Direct experience is invaluable.
Children deserve to experience school (or day care) as a space of wonder, delight and connection. The physical environment, social relationships and access to the natural world all contribute.
Communication takes many forms. Children have the right to express their questions, thoughts and creations in many languages or media from sound and light to paint and clay.
Children are active participants in the creation of their world. They are the youngest citizens who influence our present and will shape our future.
We welcome folks from multiple traditions, cultures and identities and believe that the world is a dynamic space of many truths and perspectives. It is important to embrace a multidimensional way of seeing and being. We are guided by an Anti Bias Curriculum and inspired by the ideas of Valarie Kaurs, framework the Revolutionary Love Project. We choose our words with care, to recognize and to support all families, using the terms “family” “caregiver” and “grown-ups” instead of “parents” and “mom and dad”.
The most enriching learning environments offer authentic tasks in a meaningful context (rather than skill and drill).
Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
The preservation of the environment is our legacy. At Collective Kind we do all we can to decrease our impact, to heighten our appreciation of the natural world and to evolve as environmental stewards.
Action and interaction are key to discovering our own identity and to understanding the complex world in which we live. Social discourse and negotiations allow children and adults to understand diverse perspectives as well as to clarify and modify ideas. We see our collaborations and work together, both when joyful and challenging, to bring depth and companionship to the teaching and learning journey.
Children are confronted with countless challenges daily and offer many unexpected and creative responses. We trust and celebrate the competence of young children and their ability to innovate.