Riverview teachers are passionate for teaching young children and, on a daily basis, intentionally provide many opportunities for joyful discovery and building a kinder world.
In her book Intellectual Emergencies: Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching, Lilian Katz* shares her view on what education is all about.
"...To me, it is about developing in the young certain dispositions. These dispositions should include being reflective, inquisitive, inventive, resourceful, full of wonder (wonder-full), and perhaps puzzlement too. These dispositions should also include the habits of searching for evidence; they should also include the dispositions to be tender, courageous, caring, compassionate and include some humor as well."
Riverview’s philosophy embraces the thoughts, research and respect for young learners as expressed by many educators in the field of Early Childhood Education. One major contributor to young children’s education is Lilian Katz, PhD in Childhood Development from Stanford University, past president of NAEYC, Professor Emerita at University of Illinois and author of many books for teachers and parents.
Early childhood education provides a solid foundation on which future learning may build upon. We intentionally plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of each child. It is extremely important that teachers establish a rapport with each child and be able to develop the child to his or her fullest potential. To meet these responsibilities, Riverview Nursery School is flexible and willing to adapt when necessary.
Riverview Nursery School’s main philosophy is to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child. The goal of RNS is to develop a child’s total potential by encouraging growth in social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Children are given opportunities to be creative with art, experience music and movement, develop pre-reading and pre-math skills, explore science concepts, foster communication and social skills, as well as various sensory activities that are also used to foster the child’s hands on learning.
We believe a child can be nurtured to develop moral and spiritual values. Being aware of God as creator and provider is part of our school. In addition, we intentionally help children recognize and act on “doing the right thing”, such as sharing, using kind words, including other children in play, etc.
As a child matures and the capacities to absorb more task oriented activities develop there are progressively challenging activities that will be presented, making sure not to present activities that are out of the child’s abilities. Throughout the year, teachers share insights to parents as their children develop. When children need additional support to be successful, our teachers help parents know how together we can best support their child’s optimum learning.