Philosophy of education

We raise individuals

House of Stories provides an environment and program that helps the child to play, relate to others, build social skills and relationships – and enjoy themselves! This serves as preparation for further play and learning activity, as well as taking baby steps towards gaining academic knowledge. This could be reading a letter together, or counting friends in the schoolyard.

We believe there is a time for everything however it is vital that we develop core social skills during early childhood period. In fact, the latest research shows that early academic education is short-lived, and its benefits are debatable, since skills that the very young acquire weaken or disappear within 1 to 3 years. For example, children can learn at an early age to read and write, but they may not learn the necessary means of communication, cooperation and behaviour. We offer something that offers superior results in child learning and development outcomes.

We develop the ability to manage ourselves

Narrative play helps children focus better on tasks, manage their emotions and develop imagination-based thinking. During role play children tend to regulate each other’s behaviour by accepting that the group has rules that are fair to everyone. In this way, children are “trained” to behave not just the way they want to, but as their role and the game require.

The events created in play scenarios teach children to enter the thoughts and feelings of imaginary people, to cross the boundaries of everyday life, and to experience noble human aspirations and heroic deeds. In this way, creative play, role play and imaginative play, all pave the way for creative imagination, confident and assured management of one’s feelings and expectations, and empathy for other people’s emotions.

When children develop their story and focus on meaningful play, the ideas themselves become more important, not the toys. In fact, children focus on how they deal with others rather than on toys. In this way, they learn to manage their emotions, feelings and expectations in performing the task. This is an important foundation for the further development of the child, when it will become important in life to understand one’s possibilities and duties.

For good reason, the Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, stated (in 1933): “In play, children become a head taller than their current selves”

Children learn life skills when they play together, which transforms into life-long learning.