Why choose just one philosophy? This is the question we asked ourselves when we began creating Young Minds Learning Academy. We feel that with multiple types of learning styles, personalities, and behaviors of children, one single philosophy is not what is best for all children. We decided to create our “Mixed Philosophy Approach”. The mixed philosophy approach allows us to pick and choose elements from a variety of philosophies. This way we can meet the needs of all of our different children with a balanced approach, incorporating both free exploration and structure. Throughout our preschool day we incorporate elements from an Academic Philosophy, Developmental Philosophy, Reggio Philosophy, and Play-Based Philosophy. At Young Minds Learning Academy, we believe in creating a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities to allow the “whole child” to grow.