In theory, Shannon Nursery School would be called a developmental education program. Since children of a wide variety of experiences and stages attend our program, our first consideration is for the emotional well-being of each child. While facilitating the environment, both physically and socially, we try to provide a variety of learning experiences. Our intention is that these experiences will help children build self-esteem, grow autonomous, know successes and become competent individuals within a group setting.
The concept of developmental learning has two dimensions: age appropriateness and individual appropriateness.
1. Age Appropriateness â€“ predictable developmental changes that occur in all domains (physical, emotional, social, cognitive); knowledge of typical development provides the framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and plan experiences.
2. Individual Appropriateness â€“ each child is unique with an individual pattern of growth and individual personality, learning style and family background. All interaction with that child reflects a respect for that individuality.