“Education with Empathy”
Our Core Values
Raising Emotional, Social and Intellectual IQ
Most parents don’t know that empathy is taught, not inborn.
At SUSA we educate with empathy, leading to a rise of the emotional, social and intellectual IQ of our students by observing, talking about and practicing various ways of communication, always looking for solutions that bring us all “in flow” again. SUSA students become creative, practical thinkers and learners.
Utilizing role play, art, music, singing and body movements, our students become aware of their responsibility towards themselves and others. They become empathetic to their environment.
We absolutely need future generations who create connected, caring communities for a more peaceful and just world.
Neuroscience based Child Development
Children’s learning ability and self-regulation, confidence, and sense of self in the world, are all developed in the first 5 years of life, according to modern neuroscience.
Warm attachment and engaging relationships, good nutrition, and neuro-developmental exercises are critical to optimal brain development.
Especially the first year lays the foundation for the child’s foundation for the rest of her/his life. This is why we start our parenting+play group classes for newborn babies and up.
Learning with All Senses
– The Whole Brain Child Approach
A daily welcoming attitude, warmth and laughter belong to SUSA’s specialty: Education with Empathy.
The children are purposefully encouraged to move their bodies and stimulate their senses for the best learning experience.
We apply the physical aspects of the RIE approach, with the seasonal reverence and love of nature and free imagination in Waldorf.
We develop psycho-motor skills and life skills including a playful approach to academics, and form a trusting bond similar to the mentor-student relationship in the Montessori method.We ask open questions and follow the child inspired play of Reggio Emilia.
A Focus on Nature
Nature inspires our children. Director Karin Kachler developed an ecology-loving curriculum that not only introduces core academics, art, and music, but also creates a personal connection to nature. Engaged and happy children care about the world around them. If taught early, young children are passionate about our natural world and will build a life-long bond with the environment.
Daily Fresh Organic Vegetarian Food
We cook and serve fresh organic, vegetarian food daily, which is included in the tuition, to take the worry about valuable nutrition out of our parents.
We protect the children’s developing brains with pesticide free nutrition. We practice what we preach daily, aim at “zero waste” and take only as much as needed from our community table that everyone contributes to.
Building strong Self-esteem and Self-confidence
We view children as future adults and focus daily on building their self-esteem and self-confidence. Children who can “find a way” with adult guidance and support, feel positive about themselves. Connected children feel safe in their bodies and minds and therefore have an excellent foundation to becoming successful teenagers and adults.
SUSA is a non-religious school, and accepts families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. We find that a loving, caring person is a result of a happy, gently-educated mind and heart, regardless of that person’s cultural or religious background.
Our German preschool program provides an excellent foundation for your child’s life alongside your own affectionate, engaging, limit setting with empathy parenting. These techniques are taught at http://www.handinhandparenting.org and http://www.echoparenting.org.
The US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development concluded that at home parenting is the primary influence on children’s development.
From the PDF:
• Neuroscience (the scientific study of the nervous system) provides compelling evidence that early experiences impact on brain development, and can have a long-term effect on well-being (this includes physical and mental health, learning and behavior).
• The first three years are the period of the most rapid growth during which there are specific sensitive periods for optimal learning in particular areas. A large proportion of human brain development takes place after birth as a result of interactions with the environment – the impact of early experience has a greater influence on development than heredity.
• Early experiences either enhance or diminish innate potential, laying either a strong or a fragile platform on which all further development and learning of the person, the body and the mind is built. The longer children spend in adverse environments, the more pervasive and resistant to recovery are the effects.
Last, but not least:
Advantages of Speaking Multiple Languages
The youngest children learn a new language quickly in an environment they love and feel safe to explore, even if that language is not spoken at home.
Speaking multiple languages enhances the child’s brain executive decision making ability with higher speed and creativity.
Children who learn additional languages early, also learn other languages much easier later on in life as a “language center” develops in their brain while they are young.
Young children generally learn languages without an accent – something that is much harder for teenagers or adults later on in life.
We provide culture through folk and made-up songs, art, games and stories. Speaking multiple languages is fun when you travel, and opens the understanding of and interest in other cultures.
Germans are appreciated for their work ethic, product quality and engineering skills, and compete in the top sections of every area of the world economy.
We hope you realize what a wonderful gift you will give to your children by choosing SUSA.