The Glen Lake School provides a learning environment that enables children to acquire cognitive, social, emotional, and motor skills that are the foundation for all future learning. Such an environment is based upon the following beliefs:
- Children grow and develop at different rates. Each child's rate is separate and distinct from that of any other child.
- Each child is unique and is appreciated and valued for his or her individuality.
- Children are naturally curious and eager to learn.
- Early childhood educators attempt to achieve a balance between guiding a child's learning and following a child's lead.
- Children work and learn through play.
- Children learn from each other, and social interaction is an important component in learning.
- A rich learning environment designed for exploration and discovery is essential in helping young children learn basic skills. Sensory experiences and concrete materials are vital in early childhood programming.
- A variety of creative approaches to teaching and learning are appropriate in basic skill development.
- The development of relationships between adults and children, among children, among teachers, and between families and teachers promotes a caring community of learners.