Theories Behind Our Business  

Children are at the heart of our business. Their development matters to us. Therefore, we only use models that work. We designed our program with the child's growth and development in mind. Our values and work align with the theories listed below. 

Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development 

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Vygotsky knew that children needed an expert to help teach a child a new concept. 

He discovered children have skills and abilities that fit into three categories:

 

 

-What they can do on their own

-*What they can do with help

-What they still have to learn

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*Zone of Proximal Development

"Through others we

become ourselves."

 

-Vygotsky

Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development

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  • When met with a challenge, it is how the child faces it that determines development.

  • Erikson argued that stages of childhood are very important for development.

  • Development is a life long process. 

0-18 months: Trust vs. Mistrust

18 months-3 years: Autonomy vs. Shame/Doubt

3-5 years: Initiative vs. Guilt

5-13 years: Industry vs. Inferiority

13-21 years: Identity vs. Confusion

"Play is the most natural

method of self-healing

that childhood offers."

 

-Erikson

Bronfenbrenner's Egological Theory

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  • Systems work together to promote development.

  • How each system interacts with the child plays a large role in their development.

  • All aspects of a child's life is affected by their interactions with each system. 

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"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her."

 

-Bronfenbrenner