From the Director:
The Guiding Principles of Universal Preschool 1. Children learn through actively participating in their environment ï¿½?? PLAY. ï¿½??Play is pleasurable, spontaneous, creative and unpredictable. Whether it is noisy or quiet, messy or orderly, silly or serious, strenuous or effortless, children find play deeply satisfying, challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding. . . . Children play out of the need to construct meaning from their lives. They need to use all their senses to find out about things,ï¿½?? (Hohmann and Weikart 59). 2. Teachers are the childrenï¿½??s guides/assistants as the children use their senses to experiment, explore and discover their surroundings. 3. Each child will be treated with dignity as the childï¿½??s successes/strengths are celebrated. We will provide a quality program through 1. organizing the environment so it is conducive to success 2. providing specific directions and instructions 3. acknowledging and encouraging each childï¿½??s efforts 4. modeling and demonstrating how to use the various materials 5. creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for the Universal Preschool.