"Play is the highest form of research."
- Albert Einstein
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
- Dianne Ackerman
"Education is not a preparation for life. Education is life itself."
- John Dewey
"When you teach a child something, you take away forever the chance for him to discover it himself." - John Piaget
"Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play."
- Magda Gerber
"A child does not have to be motivated to learn; in fact learning cannot be stopped."
- Valerie Fitzenreiter
Our expectations of what an excellent children's center can provide for children are well
expressed in this quote from Rousseau, one of the great educational philosophers:
“Nature means children to be children
Before they become men and women.
If we deviate from this order,
We produce a forced fruit,
Without taste, or power of lasting;
We make young philosophers and old children.
Childhood has ways of seeing, thinking,
And feeling peculiar to itself.”
We believe that children learn wherever they are and by what they are doing. We provide an environment based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, encouraging children to learn, create and play using eight kinds of intelligence:
People and social intelligence
We believe it to be important for children to learn to solve problems and conflicts through the development of emotional and social intelligences. With these skills, children will go out into our global world knowing how to live in a community.
The staff at Walnut Acres Children's Center are composed of teachers who are devoted to the well being of each child. With varying degrees, each teacher brings unique abilities and skills to help broaden the environment within our center.