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About GREEN HILLS CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Our Christian preschool and kindergarten exists to support the God-inspired way young children learn—respecting each child’s path to social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual development.
We believe the unique period of rapid cognitive development and personal growth in early childhood is inspired by God. He created the child and ordained his developmental processes. Children were learning and growing long before anyone studied how they do it. Children master the challenge of learning their native language, for example, but how do they accomplish this? Despite the fact that mysteries still surround the miracle of early learning, we now benefit from the work of many individuals who have devoted lifetimes investigating how the very young acquire knowledge. Today, proven principles and methods guide us as we establish child-friendly environments that support the process.
The man or woman your child will become is being formed today. Many of us believe Dr. Maria Montessori was right when she spoke of “the absorbent mind.” Children absorb vast amounts of information effortlessly, learning all the time. So we must be careful to provide experiences that broaden children’s view of themselves and the world. What young children learn becomes a significant part of who they are and what they value as adults. “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.” (Proverbs 22:6, from The Living Bible translation)
The more beauty young children experience, the more joyful and hopeful they’ll tend to be as adults. The more challenges they conquer during this period, the more confident they become as persons, and as leaders. And the more they experience love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—the more likely they are to bear these fruits in their own lives.
To learn more about our history and philosophy, read Jean’s book Peace With Child Care, and A Parent’s Guide to Montessori in the Classroom by Aline Wolf.