From the Director:
Both schools here on the St. Andrew's United Methodist Church campus are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC's philosophy for educating young children from birth to eight years is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs by Sue Breddekamp and Carol Copple, Editors, 1997. DAP is Developmentally Appropriate Practice. What DAP means to our children here at St. Andrew's is that teachers plan daily schedules, weekly lesson plans, and classroom activities based on where the children are in their developmental process. Children are growing in four basic developmental domains: cognitive, physical, emotional, and social. Those four domains do not always grow together or at the same rate. Growth in the four domains is integrated, but occurs at uneven rates. At times, the cognitive development will be pushing ahead and the social or emotional development will be lagging behind and other times it may be reversed. Our purpose is to help all children develop in each domain to their full potential. What we know is that young children learn best (in all the domains) through hands-on, interactive experiences. We all learn best in subjects that interest us. Young children are the same; yet in DAP environments children often explore and experience areas that are not their strengths or favorites. Because DAP classrooms have many interesting and hands-on experiences, children are allowed to make choices, try new things, and learn about many different topics. Exploring areas that are not their favorite help children develop in all the domains and enable them to explore without the fear of failure.