KMS takes a hands-on, child-directed approach to learning. Many of our beliefs and philosophies are based on the work of noted developmental psychologists Jean Piaget, Erik Erickson, Rudolf Dreikurs, and Alfred Adler.
Other educational programs that have inspired and influenced us include the High Scope Educational Research Foundation of Ypsilanti, Michigan; the Bev Boss Workshops and model school in Sacramento, California; and the approach of Reggio Emilia’s schools in Northern Italy as described in the book, The Hundred Languages of Children. KMS will provide a complete bibliography for interested parents.
Naama Zoran, a developmental psychologist and education consultant, began her mentoring relationship with KMS in 2000 and continues to consult and provide trainings with the school. She has worked in early childhood development for over 20 years, has extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia early childhood development philosophy, and was the founder of the Early Childhood Department for the Ministry of Education in Israel.
Naama’s extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia early childhood development philosophy, her annual lectures at the N.A.E.Y.C. conventions, publications and her hands-on work with children in Israel and here at KMS have led to the development of the KMS approach based on the best of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the relationships between child, parent and teacher, between home and school.
The following is a partial list of the organizations that we share a reciprocal relationship with regarding ideas, philosophy and resources. Please check back for updates.