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Our Students

Students come to Children’s Academy of Mason to learn, to have fun, and most importantly, to develop a healthy psycho-social personality. This means helping children develop healthy self‐concepts and positive and rewarding social relationships.

Drawing from the psycho-social developmental theory of Erik Erikson, Children’s Academy of Mason’s programs are designed to foster the following feelings in children beginning with infants and moving right up to kindergarten aged children.

We help our children develop a sense of trust in their environment and in themselves.  
As infants have their basic needs responded to, two important developments occur. First, they begin to develop a sense that the environment and the people in their environment can be trusted to pay attention to their needs and interests. Second, children begin to develop an image of themselves as someone worthy of this care and attention. The sense of trust in the environment and the sense of self, as a worthy individual, provide the foundation for the emergence of autonomy and independence that follows.
 

We help our children develop a sense of autonomy and willpower.
As children enter toddlerhood,they have developed certain abilities (e.g., motor ability and coordination, language and communication abilities) that allow them to exercise independence and autonomy. At Children’s Academy of Mason, we recognize the need for toddlers to explore and try out their new-found independence (within supportive limits). By having their attempts at independence valued and supported, young children begin to develop a sense of themselves as autonomous beings who have the ability to fulfill their own desires and goals. This feeling of autonomy lays the foundation for the emergence of initiative and purpose that follows.

We help our children develop a sense of initiative and purpose
The healthy, young preschooler sees herself as one who can initiate activities, both independently and with peers. She moves from simply exercising her independence for its own sake to focusing on interactions with the physical and social environments. She begins to set goals and take on projects, whether that be building a block structure or creating a make believe drama with a friend. Inevitably, children experience some failures as they attempt to fulfill their goals and it is the role of the Children’s Academy of Mason teachers to be supportive of their attempts so that they begin to develop the resiliency to bounce back from failures and setbacks.

We help our children develop a sense of industriousness and competency
Once children approach school-age, they are not only interested in pursuing activities and tasks that are self-generating and selfdetermined but they are also interested in mastering some of the competencies valued by the adult world. They show increased interest in reading, writing, and working with numbers. Since they are moving from an emphasis on the processes of their activities to the products, they develop feelings of competency from completing projects and solving manageable problems.