Mission Statement Ladybird’s mission is to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate programs for children in a safe, clean, healthy and loving environment.
Philosophy Ladybird’s philosophy of education is based on a developmental approach which emphasizes learning through play. Activities for each developmental stage are selected to encourage and challenge children, without rushing them to learn skills for which they are not yet ready. Children are involved in learning experiences which are interesting, and give them daily opportunities to explore, to experience and discover the world through their senses. We strive to supply each child with numerous successful experiences to build a positive self-concept and to ensure a lifelong love of learning. We help children become active explores and self-confident, independent and enthusiastic learners by stressing the process of learning and discovery through developmentally appropriate activities in a safe, positive environment.
Ladybird welcomes children and their families without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin. We are committed to offering children a multi-cultural learning experience where each person is valued and respected.
We believe there are many ways to teach, learn, and present information; we believe in the concept of Multiple Intelligences.
Intelligences: there's more than one way of being smart.
There is a new way of looking at intelligence or what it means to be smart.The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by a professor of education at Harvard University, Dr. Howard Gardner. At the core of this theory is the recognition that people think and learn differently and that intelligence can be expressed in a multitude of ways. For example, people can express their intelligence in words (verbal/linguistic intelligence), through numbers and logic (logical/mathematical intelligence), and in pictures and images (visual/spatial intelligence). They also can express their intelligence through music (musical/rhythmic intelligence), in movement of their bodies (bodily/kinesthetic intelligence), in interactions with others (interpersonal intelligence), in personal insight (intrapersonal intelligence) and in ability to recognize and classify species of the environment (naturalist intelligence).
This new view of intelligence definitely challenges our ideas about what it means to be smart! However, the importance of these forms of intelligence can be seen in the esteem and high salaries we pay people who use their multiple intelligences to earn a living – people like athletes, artists, musicians, religious leaders, poets, counselors and designers!
Traditional schooling places an undue emphasis only on the logical/mathematical and verbal/linguistic intelligences, often neglecting other abilities. Here at Ladybird, we believe that all eight intelligences are equally important and a complete education should emphasize development of all of the intelligences. We seek to identify the special strengths and weaknesses of each child and nurture them accordingly. The children will gain a healthy and optimistic sense of themselves and use that knowledge to maximize their learning potential.
Ladybird's philosophy and innovative programs are based upon the pioneering research work of Dr. Howard Gardner who identified what he named the Multiple Intelligences (MI). Student are given opportunities to learn and grow in each of these eight intelligences:
Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence ("word smart") Word smart students think in words and often learn best through verbalpresentations, reading, writing and discussing. People who put their word smarts to work include authors, poets, public speakers, and attorneys. Famous folks include William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austin, and Emily Dickinson.
Logical/Mathematical Intelligence ("logic/math smart") Students who are smart with regard to numbers and reasoning think in numbers. People who put their number/reasoning smarts to work include Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Isaac Newton.
Visual/Spatial Intelligence ("picture smart") Students show they are picture smart when they have good artistic capabilities, an eye for detail and color, spatial awareness, enjoy painting, drawing, sculpting. People who put their picture smarts to work include Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Bobby Fischer.
Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence ("body smart") Body smart involves physical movement and the wisdom of the body. Our bodies and minds continue to learn and improve performance as we practice skills in movement or sports. Famous folks include Babe Ruth, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, and Charlie Chaplin.
Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence ("music smart") Students who are music smart often think in rhythms, melodies or lyrics and learn best through music or while music is played in the background. Famous folks include Ludwig van Beethoven, Madonna, Louis Armstrong, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Interpersonal Intelligence ("people smart") Students show they are people smart when they make and maintain friends easily, are sensitive to the feelings, moods and motives of others, are good mediators, leaders and organizers. People who put their people smarts to work include Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan.
Intrapersonal Intelligence ("self smart") Students show they are self smart when they are introspective, aware of their own feelings, ideas, values and beliefs, set and meet goals, enjoy private time to think and reflect. People who display this intelligence include Sigmund Freud, Confucius and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Naturalist Intelligence ("nature smart") Naturalist Intelligence describes a core ability to recognize and classify species of the environment. People who exhibited this intelligence and displayed an outstanding knowledge of the living world include Charles Darwin and Jane Goodal.