At Maple School, the teaching staff and the management help child by providing a personal care, realistic and concrete environment, completely adapted to their size and abilities. Children experience that they can actually do what ‘elderly people’ do; this empowers them. They experience unconsciously that they can make a contribution to the group, which gives them a feeling of being a valued member. This is one of the first steps in becoming a well functioning social being.
The child becomes what he/she lives! Hence, being actively engaged is very important. The hands are the tools of the brain. Kids love to try, touch and experience! They discover the world around them and simultaneously discover their own abilities. The feeling of ‘I can do it by myself’.
The environment is completely adapted to their size and needs. This helps them to get dressed by themselves, go to the toilet, eat and drink independently, choose activities, and by doing so the child develops as an individual and also ability to think independently.
Due to the intense absorption of everything that surrounds them, children thrive well in a bilingual environment. They absorb new languages, as long as the same person speaks the same language to the child and the language is offered in a concrete, child-oriented manner. In the classroom this means full-time interaction with several teachers and all of their friends, who speak either English or regional languages to the child. The teachers make eye contact and use objects and actions with the children, thus stimulating understanding in a caring and non- threatening atmosphere.