At SF Tikes Academy, education is a hands-on labor of love.
Throughout their experience at SF Tikes Academy, children have many opportunities for developing their whole self across 6 domains: social-emotional, sensory, motor, cognitive, language and self-care. Teachers start by developing meaningful relationships with children, and observing what they know already as they explore and interact in the prepared environment. Through ongoing sensitive observation, teachers create a rich hands-on learning environment for all and tailor specific learning experiences for each child. Children will have the opportunity to “go deep”, work in a group, and connect concepts with experience via projects, with teachers as guides and partners.
In their time at SF Tikes Academy, children will learn the seven essential life skills for success in school and life, as described by Ellen Galinsky in Mind in the Making:
Focus and self control - paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly, and exercising self-control
Perspective taking - figuring out what others are thinking and feeling
Communicating - determining what to communicate and how it will be received
Making connections - what’s the same, what’s different, and sorting into categories
Critical thinking - discerning what information is valid, and how to use it
Taking on challenges - motivated to work hard and overcome the unknown
Self-directed, engaged learning - driven by curiosity to never stop learning
When children graduate from our program and go on to kindergarten, they will be able to communicate well verbally and will be beginning to read and write. They will have an understanding of the properties of numbers. Children will be able to function independently throughout the daily routine, and participate successfully in a group setting with empathy. They’ll be perceptive and observant, have a working understanding of cause and effect, solve simple problems, and ask great questions. Graduates will also exhibit creativity and have a deep appreciation of the natural world. All in all, children who go through our program will have experienced the rich childhood that all children should experience, and enter kindergarten with the skills, smarts and love of learning that they need to succeed.
Our philosophy is inspired by: