Our caring teachers know how to get down on the ground and relate to how the world looks when you are 3 or 4 years of age. They understand how important loving, trusting relationships are to healthy brain development.
“Being little” is of critical importance because we see the signature of early childhood experience literally in people’s bodies: their life expectancies are longer and their social-emotional capabilities are more robust when they have a chance to learn through play and through deep relationships, and when their developing brains are given the chance to grow in a nurturing, language-rich, and relatively unhurried environment. It’s clearer than ever before that young children are not simply mini-adults."
-Erika Christakis Author of The Importance of Being Little
Erika Christakis is a pioneer in early childhood education working to reverse the ‘adultification’ of our children and helping more people understand that earlier is rarely better when it comes to learning. Much of our innovative program is informed by her work.
Engaging our students in hands-on, collaborative learning using outdoor integration to cultivate self-motivation, growth mindset, decision making, community building, and critical thinking are core to our mission. At Buckeye, we do not push; we invite, we listen to and we meet kids where they are while providing them with the tools and support they need to develop their intellectual interests.
I look back on my own experience being in Gifted & Talented and it makes me sad because ALL kids are gifted and talented, they simply need a supportive environment with the right tools to realize it.