Individualized, because young children learn through a wide variety of methods and at varying rates, The Manor School has developed an eclectic approach to early childhood education. Using materials gathered from Montessori, the British Infant System, and traditional education methods, Manor School teachers target the needs of each child in their class. Starting with shapes and colors, instruction typically progresses to recognition of upper and lower case letters, recognition of numbers and counting from 1 - 10, to initial consonant sounds and reading. Important throughout the program is the emphasis on developmental readiness. The key to achieving these goals is to foster a noncompetitive classroom environment and a relaxed approach to instruction. The goal , as always, is to create and maintain a strong self esteem and a deep love of learning.