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nurturing the young with schema step education.


Consistent, nurturing relationships are essential for intellectual and social development.

Although consistent nurturing relationships with significant adults are taken for granted by most of us as a necessity for babies and young children, we often do not put this commonly held belief into practice. 

Supportive, warm, nurturing emotional interactions with infants and young children help the central nervous system grow appropriately. Listening to the human voice, for example, helps babies learn to distinguish sounds and develop language. Exchanging gestures helps babies learn to perceive and respond to emotional cues and form a sense of self.


Bonding Builds Skills

The ICAN Nurture Principles

Nurturing emotional relationships are the most crucial primary foundation for both intellectual and social growth. At the most basic level, relationships foster warmth, intimacy, and pleasure; furnish security, physical safety, and protection from illness and injury; and supply basic needs for nutrition and housing. The "regulatory" aspects of relationships (for example, protection of children from over- or understimulation) help children stay calm and alert for new learning.

When there are secure, empathetic, nurturing relationships, children learn to be intimate and empathetic, and eventually to communicate their feelings, reflect on their own wishes, and develop their own relationships.

Relationships also teach children which behaviors are appropriate and which are not. As children's behavior becomes more complex in the second year of life, they learn from their caregivers' facial expressions, tone of voice, gestures, and words what kinds of behavior lead to approval or disapproval. Patterns are built up through the give-and-take between children and caregivers. Along with behavior, however, emotions, wishes, and self-image are also coming into being. The emotional tone and subtle interactions in relationships are vital to who we are and what we leant.


Developing Cognitive Skills


Relationships enable a child to learn to think. In his interactions, the child goes from desiring Mom and grabbing her, to saying "Mom" and looking lovingly. He goes from "acting out" his desires or wishes to picturing them in his mind and labeling them with a word. This transformation is the beginning of using symbols for thinking.


Pretend play involving human dramas—such as dolls hugging or fighting—helps the child learn to connect an image to a wish and then use this image to think, "If I'm nice to Mom, she will let me stay up late." Figuring out the motives of a character in a story as well as the difference between 10 cookies and three cookies will depend on this capacity.


We have come to understand that emotional interactions are the foundation of most of a child's intellectual abilities, including creativity and abstract thinking skills. Emotions are actually the internal architects of our minds. They tell us how and what to think, what to say and when to say it, and what to do. We "know" things through our emotional interactions and then apply that knowledge to the cognitive world.

Developing Self-Regulation

The difference between children who can regulate their moods, emotions, and behaviors and children who can't-children for whom the slightest frustration feels catastrophic, whose anger is enormous and explosive-lies in die degree to which the child masters the capacity for rapid exchange of emotions and gestures. When a child is capable of rapid interactions with his parents or another important caregiver, he is able to negotiate how he feels. If he is annoyed, he can make an annoying look or hand gesture. His father may come back with a gesture indicating "I understand," or "OK, I'll get the food more quickly." Whatever the response is, if it is responsive to his signal, he is getting some immediate feedback that can modulate his own response. We now have a fine-tuned system rather than an extreme one. The child doesn't have to have a tantrum to register his annoyance; he can do it with just a little glance and a little annoyed look.


Interactive emotional relationships are important for many of our essential intellectual and social skills. The notion that relationships are essential for regulating our behavior and moods and feelings, as well as for intellectual development, is one that needs greater emphasis as we think about the kinds of settings we want for young children.


ICAN Schema Step Education

ICAN embodies the nurture principles through our program packs


ICAN Nurture programs allow all students to thrive in school that require hard and deliberate work.

At ICAN we nurture our students in a variety of ways. Here are some examples of what you will see at our school.





Science is one of the oldest and most important academic disciplines, and covers a wide variety of subjects. It is also one of the fundamental parts of the term STEM, used to refer to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ​ In ICAN, Science Trilogy helps student's understanding of the world around us. Everything we know about the universe, from how trees reproduce to what an atom is made up of, is the result of scientific research and experiment. ​ If you want to shape the world around you, help make scientific advances that benefit mankind, and prepare for a successful career, enrolling in ICAN's Science Trilogy will be highly valuable.

Another popular ICAN program, Social Trinity is the interdisciplinary study of geography, history, and philosophy along with other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities in which students develop the content, concepts, skills, and dispositions necessary to be informed and engaged citizens in the contemporary world. ​ By providing relevant information and knowledge, skills and attitudes, the study of Social Trinity prepares students to grow up as active, responsible, and reflective members of society. It also teaches them to address societal and global concerns using literature, technology and other identifiable community resources.






ICAN believes that when students become active through interaction with their teachers, it encourages good behavior and discipline. 3D printing promotes students achievements and prepares them for the college education. That's why ICAN is banking on this idea for past few months.

As flying drones take their place in education, ICAN makes sure it catches up. Drones in schools expose students to potential jobs in the fast-growing drone industry or a broader career in aviation. Besides becoming a pilot, they could look at jobs in programming, design, engineering, mechanics and data analysis.






Another ICAN offering is in the field of multimedia. Studying advanced multimedia will help students to face the challenge of keeping pace with the latest trends and technologies. The offering aims to prepare students for work in media-related industries, and train them to critically analyze the ways in which the media reflects, represents and influences the world.

CAN Academy thinks about the future. We would like to contribute to space exploration by equipping young minds the core knowledge they need to become successful in this path. One way is through Math. Astronauts use math in order to make precise mathematical calculations, from how the spacecraft leaves Earth's atmosphere to how the astronauts pilot the craft. Designers use math to calculate distance, speed, velocity, and their own safety when creating space-faring vehicles.


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