The Nido community values secure and loving relationships as paramount to our philosophy. As the developing brain interacts in relationships, we embody an evolving sense of self and understanding of the world. Neuronal connections are shaped by our inter and intrapersonal relationships, as well as our evolving relationships with our environment, materials, and concepts.
Inter and Intrapersonal Relationships. Children who experience a genuine sense of belonging to the Nido community feel safe to develop and express their thoughts, ideas, and opinions, and engage in meaningful learning. We nurture secure attachments by understanding each individual student, sharing experiences, and fostering an environment of trust. The Nido team uses emotion coaching and co-regulation to support students in understanding, expressing, and addressing their needs. Once students feel grounded, they are encouraged to look outward to their communities and the world around them.
- People develop, learn, and grow within the context and influence of human relationships
- On a physiological level, secure attachments create a safe space for us to develop
- What is being modeled, directly and indirectly, intentionally and unintentionally, informs children’s perception of self and others
Relationships with Environments and Materials. Our environment impacts our physiology, including our mood, engagement, and executive functioning. It also serves as a teacher by igniting curiosity and inviting exploration. The physical environment at Nido is designed with and for the children and it evolves as they do. Our spaces mirror students’ learning processes and provide ongoing opportunities to interact with nature, revisit, reflect, and expand on growing ideas and perspectives.
- Our external environment impacts our internal environment
- The Nido environment is intentionally designed and transformed to reflect and nurture the current cohort of students’ inquiries and needs
- A wide variety of curated materials, resources, and spaces invite children to linger, explore, and express their ideas and conceptual understanding