"Early childhood education can lay a solid foundation for a child, when the
environment provides stimulation across the developmental domains. It
takes a highly developed curriculum and a quality instructor to assess the
needs of the individual child and to create an optimal learning environment.
Children will develop at different rates and levels across the developmental domains. The rate and quality of growth is determined by the quality of the child’s interaction with the environment and genetic predisposition. Our job as educators is to enhance the interaction with the environment. This is accomplished through learning opportunities initiated by the instructor, with peers and through thoughtful arrangement of the classroom. Environmental enhancement can assist the instructor in promoting the greatest achievement possible.
Enjoying a passion for learning is a quality that must be inherent to early childhood teachers, for their professional growth and the growth of their students. The instructor must have a deep understanding of how children grow and when they learn best. Understanding that children learn both through spontaneous and created play experiences is critical. Teachers need to know when to allow children to be problem solvers, when to step in and offer suggestions for successful medication and when to watch the children
explore and learn independently.
Children also learn when they are invited to become active participants in a community of learners. Children watch and learn from their peers. Maximizing opportunities for children to work cooperatively and individually allows for alternative learning opportunities. Children will develop problem solving skills and yet also be offered individual time for the promotion of self help and coping strategies.
At The Giving Tree, the curriculum is devised with each child’s developmental
needs in mind. Lessons are based on the combination of skills which have been previously learned, new skills that are introduced and then intertwined towards the goal of mastery."
Excerpted from the preschool's website