English-immersion learning community for children 3-6
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Tel.: +886 (2) 2723-4173
No. 27, Lane 473, Guangfu S. Rd.,
Xinyi District, Taipei City 110

An alternative vision for early childhood education in Taipei

Who we are

We are an early childhood learning community built from the ground up for like-minded teachers, families, and their children. Together we are re-imagining education to focus on self-regulation, creative-thinking, and language learning through art, collaborative projects, and inquiry-based learning.

Teachers

Our teachers are engaged and active participants in our learning community and guide our children and families through an enriching early years program.

Children

Every aspect of our learning community has been built with the children in mind. We take care in preparing a program that equally prioritizes what they learn and how they learn.

Families

Like-minded families have joined our learning community and are a constant resource of support and insight into how we can respond to the work our teachers and children do together.

Our Vision

Our close-knit learning community was started with the idea that there should be something different from what most early childhood programs are today. Through decades of research and study from the great minds of Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, John Dewey and others, early childhood educators know and understand what is needed for our youngest learners. However, pressures from the misguided beliefs of society and well-meaning families have led the vast majority of early childhood programs to use materials and curricula that are, at best, not appropriate for young children, and at worst, damaging for them.

We want something different for our children. We believe there ought to be a balance between rigorous learning and playful learning. In fact, the boundaries between what is academic and what is play is completely blurred in a high-quality early childhood setting. What matters most is that the children are engaged in meaningful learning experiences that excite them to the point that they want to drive their own learning. We are building a center where children are allowed to make mistakes to learn from them, learn to be a positive contributor to a community of others, and explore the world surrounding them.

Reggio-Inspired Program

Our educational program is inspired by the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia 瑞吉歐 , Italy and grounded in the theories of Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, and Maria Montessori. We follow a constructivist philosophy in which we know children construct their own knowledge through hands-on experiences and reflection on those experiences. As educators, our role is to carefully prepare an environment and to be co-constructors of their learning as guides and collaborators. Through purposeful interaction and reflection, teachers will be able to engage our children in meaningful, experiential learning experiences that go much deeper than traditional approaches, where children are often memorizing or mindlessly daydreaming through lessons that have very little meaning for them.

We take a dynamically balanced approach to playful learning and so-called academic learning. We engage in projects we call, Studies, which is the backdrop to much of their learning. As we progress through a Study, observant teachers will incorporate increasingly complex vocabulary, writing, and reading skill-building experiences that connect with their Study and interests. It is this partnership between our children and our teachers that make our educational program possible. It's a lot more effort on the part of every member of our learning community: teachers, children, and their families, but the result is more than worth it.

Our Story

Little Seeds Academy was founded by an American expat couple from New York. Parenthood led them to the fascinating world of what’s possible when we listen to children and help them construct their own knowledge. Inspired by the boundless creativity and curiosity of their own children, they set out to research and learn more about early childhood curriculum and instruction by visiting some of the most progressive schools in their native New York City. What they saw and learned planted the seeds of what would later become a unique and steadfastly progressive early childhood program in Taipei.

Family ties to Taiwan brought the couple and their young children to Taipei in 2015. Those same family ties have been running schools throughout Taipei for over 40 years. Leveraging the operational expertise gleaned from decades of running educational programs and energized by what they saw from progressive schools in America, our founding couple set out to make their mark in early childhood education. Little Seeds first opened its doors in August 2016 in Taipei.

Today, Little Seeds Academy is a vibrant learning community attracting passionate educators, like-minded families and their children. All stakeholders of this learning community have come together to contribute to a progressive vision of English-immersion early childhood education. We continue to operate with a growth mindset, constantly experimenting and responding to the children’s interests and the latest research from the ECE field, to ensure our children have the best education. In the face of a short-sighted, backward-looking educational landscape, our learning community continues to defend the early years with developmentally-appropriate and meaningful education for young children.

Our Teachers

We recruit credentialed early childhood educators globally and we’re proud to have experienced and passionate teachers from around the world: America, the U.K., and of course Taiwan.

Ms. Hayley is one of our lead teachers. She is a certified teacher from America and holds a valid state teaching license. She originally visited Taipei on an internship and wanted to return ever since. She spent the last three years teaching kindergarten and first grade in a public school in Ohio, USA before coming back to Taiwan to teach. She has a degree in education from Valdosta State University in Georgia, USA.
Ms. Sunny is one of our lead teachers. She is a certified educator with several years of experience teaching in progressive schools in America and Taipei. She is dedicated to the vision of transforming English language learning experiences for young children in Taiwan. She has a degree in early childhood development - with a specialization for ages 3-4 - from California State University, Long Beach in California, USA.
Ms. Sarah is one of our lead teachers. She is an experienced early childhood educator teaching in Asia for over 3 years. She brings a playful and imaginative storytelling style to her classroom that is well suited for our young learners. She was an educational coordinator for a children's drama school in London before she taught in Asia. She received her performing arts degree from the University of Chichester (UK).
Ms. Kathy comes from a family of teachers and professors. She's followed her family's tradition as educators and has been teaching children for the past 6 years.
Ms. Sherry is one of our co-teachers for children ages 3-4. She has taught young children in English-immersion programs in Taipei for several years.
Ms. Unice has been an educator for the past 17 years in Taiwan. She brings a wealth of experience with young children and English programs.

Education for their imagination

Find out more about Little Seeds Academy

Make an appointment to tour our center and meet us. Call (02) 2723-4173 or email info@littleseeds.com.tw
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