Focus on Children
The Attic's child-centered approach is supported by our developmental curriculum, the lack of rewards and punishments, the class meeting structure, academic planning that focuses on children as individuals, and community-building events that the children orchestrate themselves.
At The Attic we are committed to focus on children, before curriculum. We view learning as something that children do, not something that is done to them. Learning is doing things: exploring, searching, selecting, experiencing, wondering, suspecting, challenging, building, arguing (Smith 1995). Learning is a natural and unavoidable part of normal development.
The human brain can be trusted to learn, to comprehend, to think constructively and creatively. The fecundity of the brain has to be recognized and respected by the provision of situations conducive to its productive creativity, situations that are meaningful, relevant, dramatic, and narrative. Children need to let their imaginations roam, through stories, dramatizations, science, play and art (Smith 1995).
Reference: Smith, Frank. Between Hope and Havoc: Essays into Human Learning and Education Heinemann 1995 ISBN 0-435-08857-2