About Little Castle
Little Castle has a fascinating story. The concept of giving top-notch education (in a neighborhood area) that emphasizes on the importance of camaraderie is the brainchild of Ms. Selene Tien. Passionate about inculcating a holistic education for children, Ms. Tien quite naturally gravitated towards a career in early childhood education.
One of the most important concerns for Ms. Tien is a sense of disconnection she sees among people these days. She mentioned that people she sees are constantly glued to their technological devices and seldom interact with one another. It is with that in mind that Ms. Tien attempted to create an education system where young children will be able to learn the beauty of human companionship; children as young as fifteen months are taught the importance of human-to-human interaction. Ms. Tien said that by promoting interaction, children would be able to improve on their speech and language as they become naturally conversant in their daily lives.
Students are taught foundational mathematics, phonics, art and music, and classes are conducted with a small teacher to student ratio. This is to ensure that students will be able to get equal amounts of attention from their teachers.
Little Castle also believes in a naturalistic pedagogy, they believe that children should always have a wide array of hands-on experience from a young age. For example, children are given the opportunity to make their own sandwiches in cooking lessons. Students are taught in a more organic way, as teachers will read to their students. This not only teaches children the importance of paying attention, but also helps to foster stronger interpersonal relationships between students and teachers.
This shows that the center has a pursuit of excellence not only in academic areas, but also in their student’s character development. Ms. Tien said, “We want the child to be happy and learn from playing, so we are not so regimental”. Little Castle also ensures that they work with total commitment and integrity when it comes to handling both students and parents. This is because integrity will create a sense of trust among all parties involved.