“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
West Hollywood Children’s Academy’s program is designed around the widely respected theories of J. Piaget and L. Vygotsky. Piaget believed that young children learn best through a hands on active experience. Vygotsky’s sociolcultural theory of human learning describes learning as a social process and social interactions as fundamental for early childhood development. We are also inspired by Montessori pedagogy.
Our curriculum uniquely weaves key academic skills into hands-on projects, activities, and games. STEAM curriculum encourages future-forward skills. It is fun and has little to do with memorizing without understanding. Our preschoolers start reading! We support creative expression, literacy, music, and more.
Our learning approach creates experiences for children in both large and small groups, giving them many opportunities to communicate, to interact, and to work and play together. Children who have the ability to relate successfully to others, through skills such as empathy & perspective-taking, taking turns, sharing with others, following rules and respecting others are able to develop better friendships and are less likely to be bullied when they go to elementary and middle school.
Children explore the world through carefully designed thematic units. Each month we focus on a different theme. Our themes are design to capture the interest and imagination of young minds. Our themes include learning about feelings, nutrition, teamwork, gratitude, sharing and giving, modes of transportation, cultural diversity, the environment, insect & animals, Holidays, and special days in life like graduating from preschool! These themes help children know who they are, appreciate their community, their environment, their history, and the world at large, become well-rounded individuals, and make healthy life choices.
To learn about our Toddler Program click here
To learn about our Preschool Program click here
To learn about our Pre-K / Transitional K Program click here
- John F. Kennedy