PHILOSOPHY

Cognitive Development

Intellectual learning (becoming strong thinkers and problem solvers) outweighs academic learning (the memorization of facts) in the grand scheme of life. This mindset guides ELM’s programs. Children develop strong thinking skills by actively engaging in experiences that increase cognition and skills in the following areas: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, physical development and health, language, literacy and communication, mathematics, creative arts, science and technology, and social studies.

Brain-Based Principles

Learning that is compatible with the brain is a positive experience. It will feel easy enough to avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress, yet challenging enough to allow for growth and motivation. ELM is interested in long-term acquisition of skills, not just preparing children for the next grade or the next test. Environments that honor what we know about the brain will bring about learning in a positive and joyful way.  ELM strives for a brain compatible learning environment 100% of the time.

21st Century Skills

ELM recognizes the importance of the development of 21st Century Skills such as: responsibility, personal productivity, problem solving, technical skills, creativity, initiative, self-direction, meaningful work, emotional stability, cross cultural skills, and communication. Parents and business leaders around the world know that the 3 R’s–reading, writing, and arithmetic–are important, but not enough. The demands of a more global society require individuals to optimize and creatively maneuver the facts, not just memorize and regurgitate them.   21st century skills must be taught along with the traditional 3 R’s to prepare children to achieve their full potential as adults.