Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to nurture and inspire every child's innate intelligence and innovative nature; by empowering them to be self- motivated through social connection, critical thinking, creative expression and purposeful contribution.
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
- Albert Einstein -
The Consciousness Quotient (CQ™)
All types of intelligence - including logic, emotion, language, imagery and intuition - are served by whole brain synergy. In order for kids, youth and adults to succeed in today's ultra-competitive, fast-paced and globally-connected world, one requires the synergistic fully-integrated 'whole brain' skills of Consciousness Quotient – CQ™!
Developed by Dolphin Kids™ founder and psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang, the 5 Cs of CQ™ include creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and contribution.
Dolphin Kids™ after-school achievement programs and summer camps focus on the development of CQ™ through experiential 21st century learning; creating a safe space where future leaders can engage, create, explore, and practice adaptability.
Creativity has been identified by today's leaders as the most important life skill of the future. Creativity requires both left and right (logical and emotional) brain hemispheres to work together. It is the ability to adapt to change, be imaginative, innovate and think resourcefully when approaching new challenges.
Critical Thinking is disciplined thinking and the art of asking the right questions, as opposed to knowing the 'right answers'; and turning obstacles into opportunities. Critical thinkers make rational, ethical and responsible decisions by employing open-minded and effective problem-solving strategies.
Healthy Communication is the root of all emotional development in children, youth and even adults. Learning to communicate effectively allows us to express our innermost thoughts and feelings; share our questions and concerns; as well as exchange new ideas and knowledge in order to progress and grow. You can have all the raw intelligence, talent and creativity in the world, but if you can't communicate your thoughts effectively and in different mediums, it won't matter.
Collaboration is the ability to connect, share ideas, communicate effectively and make healthy compromises while staying true to oneself. It is about possessing strong social skills, self-awareness and learning to maintain healthy relationships. Whether it's at Dolphin Kids™ camp or home, the workplace or school, the global community or with the person sitting next to you, being able to learn from and inspire others while working in a team is the key to success in today's world.
Contribution and social connection are the fundamental layers of what make us human beings. We were all born with the innate desire to give, connect, share, and contribute (think of when you see a toddler jump at the opportunity to help with chores); that is why, when we do contribute, our brains reward us with feelings of happiness, content and wellbeing. Contribution teaches children to have compassion, patience, kindness, empathy, and the habit of giving back as much as they consume.
What is the POD in Dolphin Kids™?
POD stands for Play, Others and Downtime; and is the fundamental building block of the Dolphin Kids™ philosophy and curriculum.
As the 3 unique pillars of Dolphin Kids™ learning, all programs are backed by the latest in neuroscience research to enhance child brain development, and include: fun indoor and outdoor activities (Play), social and emotional development (Others), kids yoga, mindfulness exercises and the art of positive thinking (Downtime) in their curriculum - accommodating to all different learning styles.
First introduced in the #1 national bestselling parenting book The Dolphin Way by Dr. Shimi Kang M.D., POD was inspired by the highly playful, creative, socially-advanced, and intelligent Dolphin pods found in nature.
Dolphin Kids™ Makes Learning E.A.S.I.E.R.
As human beings adapt to an increasingly automated future, the way we approach education, learning and teaching must also change.
Today's learning environment can be tough and competitive to navigate for children, parents and educators alike. Our Dolphin Kids™ Achievement programs are expertly designed by a team of education, mental health and child development specialists, to make lifelong happiness, resiliency and success easier in the 21st century.
By integrating the latest science-based learning methods with POD, our unique curriculum guides children in their development of CQ™, and teaches them the 6 critical life skills to become our happy, healthy, self-motivated leaders of tomorrow.
Overcoming emotions such as anxiety, sadness, and anger with positivity.
Learning to navigate, adjust and pivot unexpected situations in an ever-changing world.
Mastering diverse modes of communication, collaboration and public speaking.
Breeding curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; learning to generate fresh and original ideas.
Building strength of character, identity, empathy, integrity, grit, work ethic, and contribution.
Overcoming obstacles, learning from mistakes, and bouncing back with renewed strength.